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Solar Impulse 2 Breaks Three Records En Route To Hawaii 37

Zothecula writes: Solar Impulse 2 has started smashing records even before the longest leg of its round-the-world flight is complete. At around three quarters of the way to its next touch down in Hawaii, the single-pilot aircraft has broken the world records for longest distance and duration for solar aviation, with the record for longest ever solo flight of any kind thrown in for good measure.
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Solar Impulse 2 Breaks Three Records En Route To Hawaii

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  • It seems that in the modern era of flight, with high tech radio and navigation equipment, and modern weather forecasting, that solo flight isn't quite the feat it used to be. Not to say that this is easy, but it doesn't seem like it is the risky endeavour it used to be, either.
    • Records are almost always broken due to advances in technology, or at least knowledge. Better equipment or better training are consequences of improved knowledge. But it still counts. Even track records are due to better shoes, and new knowledge of how to train the human machine. The four minute mile was once the holy grail of track, now it is routinely run under 4 minutes. Technology plus knowledge.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Does it count as a record ?

  • by Framboise ( 521772 ) on Thursday July 02, 2015 @01:19PM (#50034649)

    Birds too fly around the world using clean solar energy. Arctic tern fly twice a year
    half the globe with no huge ground navigation and support team
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_tern [wikipedia.org]

    • by Macdude ( 23507 )

      Birds are not solar powered, they are powered by carbon sequestered in plants and other animals. If birds are solar powered, then by that definition so are jet planes.

      • For sure birds *are* solar powered, where do you think the energy for making plants, other animals, and for moving air is coming from?

        The point with clean energy is that the time interval between the arrival of solar energy on earth and the moment we use it, it transforms into heat and is finally released into space as infrared radiation should be short with respect to the longest time-scale of our ecosystem, so as to not disturb it too much. In this way the carbon released into the atmosphere remains boun

  • I imagine must take André Borschberg discipline to concentrate on flying and make a good landing after all this time. Then be able get a hot shower and a good meal while sitting at the table!

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