mardi 24 mai 2016

Solarimpulse - Flight to Lehigh Valley Postponed

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 May 24, 2016

Solar Impulse with Bertrand Piccard at the controls was planned to fly from Dayton towards Lehigh Valley KABE on Tuesday morning (Dayton Time) May 24 Th.

SolarImpulse Team we experienced a brief cabinet failure which distributes the fan power needed to keep the mobile hangar inflated.

This lasted approximately 2.5 minutes. During the time it took to reboot the system, some parts of the airplane were lightly touched by the deflating hangar fabric.

Solar Impulse 2 mobile hangar

After a first check by the engineers, we do not see any damage. However this will have to be studied more carefully over the next few days and as such the flight from Dayton to LeHigh Valley has to be postponed.

Let’s remember that airplane safety and risk mitigation is of paramount importance and hence we want to ensure that the structures that were touched are in perfect working order.

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