Solar Impulse have been forced to abort plans on their record breaking attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean using a solar powered plane.
Starting from Abu Dhabi, in its attempt to reach Hawaii as its final destination point, has now been forced to stop in Japan due to poor weather conditions.
This experimental plane has 17,000 solar cells and being flown by single pilot Andre Borschberg. The journey began in early March and with the weather putting plans on hold, the route they have covered is still remarkable.
9 March. Abu Dhabi (UAE) to Muscat (Oman) - 441km; in 13 hours and 1 minute
10 March. Muscat (Oman) to Ahmedabad (India) - 1,468km; in 15 hours and 20 minutes
18 March. Ahmedabad (India) to Varanasi (India) - 1,215km; in 13 hours and 15 minutes
19 March. Varanasi (India) to Mandalay (Myanmar) - 1,398km; in 13 hours and 29 minutes
29 March. Mandalay (Myanmar) to Chongqing (China) - 1,459km; in 20 hours and 29 minutes
21 April. Chongqing (China) to Nanjing China - 1,241km; in 17 hours and 22 minutes
31 May. Nanjing (China) to Kalaeloa, Hawaii (USA) - 8,200km; journey aborted, plane diverted to Nagoya, Japan
Project co-founder Bertrand Piccard commented on the safety precautions by stating: “We are not daredevils, we are explorers. “
Referring to the interruption on the journey, he also said: “Everyone is very happy with the plane – but the weather does not fit. We land in Nagoya and we wait for better conditions to continue.”
Solar Impulse has already had to put hold plans after waiting in Nanjing, China, due to previous weather conditions.
The team’s meteorologists have been working hard on when will be the best time for the plane to resume its journey. The plane has been scheduled to take off on Saturday at 18:39 GMT.