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Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

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Over the weekend, Solar Impulse finally departed from China to begin its five-day, five-night solar-powered journey across the Pacific Ocean on its way to Hawaii. This leg of the round-the-world expedition had been delayed for weeks due to bad weather, and a storm approaching Hawaii is forcing pilot André Borschberg to make an unscheduled stop in Nagoya, Japan.

Solar Impulse 2 Airplane Launches Successful Maiden Flight in Switzerland

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Swiss aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg just took an important step toward their 2015 goal of flying around the world on a solar-powered aircraft with the successful maiden flight of the Solar Impulse 2. Professional test pilot Marcus Scherdel took the cockpit of the single-seater aircraft at Payerne Airport in Switzerland and lifted off at approximately 5:36 this morning Central European Time (CET) for a 2 hour and 17 minute flight that climbed to an altitude of 5,500 feet (1,670 meters) before returning to Payerne.

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Solar Impulse could be grounded for a whole year in Japan

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Solar Impulse 2, the experimental solar-powered aircraft, has kept us on the edge of our seats as we’ve waited, day after day, for news of a second ocean crossing attempt. The first attempt resulted in an unscheduled stop in Nagoya, Japan after the forecast changed and it was clear the flight path would be plagued with storms, making it impossible to get enough sun exposure to charge the solar batteries. That was three weeks ago. The solar-powered plane was slated to take off again on June 23, but a worsening weather forecast caused the crew to cancel that attempt as well. Now, the fragile airplane could be stuck in Japan for an entire year.