Solar-powered plane completes Pacific leg of global journey (Crave Extra)The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Mountain View, California, this weekend after completing its flight over the Pacific. The plane's on its way to becoming the first solar-powered aircraft to fly around Earth.
[MUSIC] The Solar Impulse 2 Solar-powered Airplane made a dramatic entrance in the San Francisco Bay area this weekend, spilling the uprights of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge as it's made its way to Moffett Airfield in Mountain View California. The Solar Impulse 2 is been on a mission to fly around the world using only. Solar power. The Solar Impulse 2 and it's pilot Bertrand Piccard began the journey in the United Arab Emirates in March of 2015. The plane is able to fly for up to five days and five nights utilizing 17, 248 solar cells spread out across the fuselage and wings of the aircraft Which are capable of producing 340 kilowatt hours of battery life per day which is stored in 633 kilograms of lithium polymer batteries on board the plane. This allows for the plane to continue flying in the dark. The solar impulse too was completing it's Pacific leg of the trip. Where it was stuck in Hawaii for about a month. Where crews made some repairs to overheated batteries. The Solar Impulse Two touched down at Moffett airfield just before midnight on Saturday and will be headed across the United States, where it will eventually cross the Atlantic Ocean making it's way to Europe or Northern Africa. [MUSIC] Read more about the Solar Impulse two at Solarimpulse.com Com and find more videos, photos and articles here at cnet.com. [MUSIC]