Solar Powered Plane Landing Near Philadelphia Tonight
Solar Impulse 2 is currently circumnavigating the globe. It is scheduled to arrive in Leehigh Valley Airport around 11p.m. EST tonight, which is near Philadelphia. The team is trying to get the plane close to New York City before it crosses the Atlantic heading east. The aircraft is piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg. Both men are very accomplished.
“Bertrand Piccard, a medical doctor specialized in psychiatry, explorer and aeronaut, who made the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, is the initiator and chairman,” according to a statement on the website of Solar Impulse. “André Borschberg, an engineer and graduate in management science, a fighter pilot and a professional airplane and helicopter pilot, is the co-founder and CEO.”
This is no easy task. In addition to the two pilots, there are 90 people on the Solar Impulse team including: 30 engineers, 25 technicians and 22 mission controllers.
The Solar Impulse team has embarked on this journey in order to raise awareness for solar energy.
“If governments had the courage to promote clean technologies on a massive scale, our society could simultaneously reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, create jobs and stimulate sustainable growth” said Bertrand Piccard.
The plane was previously grounded due to overheating batteries.
Visit www.solarimpulse.com for flight schedules.