Solar Impulse 2 leaves New York, begins Atlantic crossing

Solar Impulse 2 leaves New York, begins Atlantic crossing

NEW YORK: The sun-controlled Solar Impulse 2 airplane set off from New York’s JFK air terminal early Monday, setting out on the transoceanic leg of its record-breaking flight far and wide to advance renewable vitality.

The flight, guided by Swiss explorer Bertrand Piccard, is relied upon to take around 90 hours – amid which Piccard will just take short rests – before arriving at Spain’s Seville air terminal.

“It’s my first time taking off from JFK,” Piccard said over a live encourage from the airplane as he headed into the night sky soon after 2:30 am (0630 GMT).

The plane, which is no heavier than an auto yet has the wingspan of a Boeing 747, is being flown on its 22,000-mile (35,000-kilometer) round-the-world voyage by two pilots alternating, Piccard and Swiss business person Andre Borschberg.

Piccard is guiding the plane on the fifteenth leg of its east-west adventure that started March 9, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, and has taken the airplane crosswise over Asia and the Pacific to the United States with the sun as its exclusive wellspring of force.

Sovereign Albert of Monaco, a benefactor of the task, gave the flight the thumbs up from its main goal control focus in Monaco, telling Piccard “you are discharged to continue.”