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Solar Impulse 2 grounded for two months?












SolarImpulse - Around The World patch.

June 19, 2015

The solar plane can wait "two months" there, said Thursday its pilot André Borschberg. The solar plane is blocked in Japan by the rains after a breakdown.


Image Above: Solar Impulse 2 can wait "two months" there, said Thursday its pilot André Borschberg. The solar plane is stuck in Japan by the rains after a breakdown.

"Of course we are willing to wait for a good window (weather), but inevitably there is a limit," told reporters Mr Borschberg. The pilot was asked about the maximum duration of grounding of the solar plane in Japan.

"I hope that in the coming days, say within two weeks, we will find the window to fly to Hawaii. Obviously, we intend to fly this summer, "said the pilot of 62 years, considering that his team could wait" maybe two months "in Nagoya.

"In the worst case, if we do not have a weather window, we may need to wait until next spring," he added, however.

Short Term Forecast

According to André Borschberg, weather forecasts are "beginning to not be reliable beyond five or six days." "That's what makes it very difficult flight. We do not want to risk too much," he reiterated.


Image Above: Solar Impulse 2 is the last two weeks away in his protection tent in Nagoya, where he had to stop due to bad weather.

Solar Impulse 2 was forced to make a stop on June 2 in Nagoya where bad weather has damaged. There is repaired but it has been waiting for a favorable weather window to leave Japan.

The rainy season has started since early June in Japan and is expected to further extend several weeks.

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