Solar Impulse PHX to DFW world record for Solar Aircraft non-stop Mission Control at Half way Point. 5am to 1 am
A blessed take off Pilot: André Borschberg
From: Phoenix KPHX
Take off time: 04:47 AM MST
To: Dallas KDFW
Landing time expected: around 01:00AM CDT
Solar Impulse has gracefully lifted off of Arizona’s soil at 04:47AM MST (UTC-7) on its way to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Landing is expected to occur tomorrow, Thursday May 23nd around 01:00 AM CDT (UTC-5).
Piloted by André, the solar airplane will be attempting to break the world distance record in the solar airplane category, a record previously achieved by the same couple – Solar Impulse and André – when connecting Payerne (Switzerland) to Madrid (Spain) in 2012. The total estimated distance is 868 miles (1396.8 km). The third leg of the Across America mission, Dallas (TX) to St. Louis (MI), will be piloted by Bertrand.
What made today’s departure so unique was the presence of a Native American Medicine Man, Delmar Boni, of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Dressed in traditional clothing with a beautiful crown of feathers partially covering his face, Delmar circled around the pilots, thumb painted yellow, while chanting a pleasant tune.
He blessed today’s pilot, André, and the wings that will carry him on his journey to Texas. He also blessed his partner and project co-founder, Bertrand. There was something very soothing and mystical about this ritual. The tone of Delmar’s voice and the comforting flow of words he murmured, although incomprehensible to our ears, couldn’t be mistaken for anything other than a powerful blessing.
Today’s flight will be challenging because of the length – the longest distance ever flown by this aircraft – but it’s off to a good start:
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Sky Harbor Airport PHX Fire Protection of Aircraft 1.5 million dollar Fire Rescue Truck Oshkosh Striker 4500
Acceleration: 0 to 50 mph (80 km/h) in 35 seconds
- Top Speed: 70 mph (112 km/h
Safety and security are top priorities at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and recently, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Phoenix Fire Department took delivery of a new fire truck at Fire Station 29. The new truck is a 4,500 gallon 8 x 8 Oshkosh foam truck which specializes in aircraft rescue and fire fighting. Read more…
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Phx AZ May 6, 2013 Gov Brewer Queen of Solar meets the Kings of Solar Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg of Solar Impulse.Gov. Jan Brewer Welcomes Solar Impulse to Arizona Read more…
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Categories: Air, Car, Boats, Trains, Api Best In Class, Articles, Computer, Education, Entertainment/New Media, Future Arts & Media, Human Enhancement, Internet/Telecom, News, Space, Survival/Defense, Tech, Travel, Video Tags: Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard are the founders of, m Today, pilots and driving force behind Solar Impluse. This is the first aircraft that can fly without fuel both day and night on solar energy. Listen to the interview by Roger Rohrs in Phx AZ after the landi, we want to see from the pilots view while it is happening. This team makes that possible. Take a look at what is behind the seen.
After 60 Hours in Cockpit, Pilot of Solar Impulse Feels ‘Better Than Expected’
Photo: Solar Impulse/Jean Revillard
Andre Borschberg sounds remarkably bright and alert after spending more than 60 hours straight at the controls of the Solar Impulse flight simulator. Granted, he’s been able to get some sleep, sometimes napping for a whole 20 minutes at a time.
Borschberg is approaching the end of a 72-hour stint in the sim, running through a series of tests and challenges to prepare for what lies ahead when he attempts to fly around the world in a solar airplane in 2014. It’s been grueling, but not so bad.
“I feel quite well, better than what I expected,” Borschberg said from the cockpit mockup in Switzerland.
The point of the prolonged testing is to determine how best to manage the pilot’s needs while circumnavigating the globe in a solar plane. It also will allow the team to evaluate and refine the cockpit design. Some of the tests are simple reaction-time experiments; others are emergency drills designed to prepare Borschberg for things like losing power during a landing. Borschberg says his piloting skills haven’t degraded too badly with the loss of sleep.
“The quality stays very good,” he says, “but certainly it’s a bit lower than somebody who has slept eight hours.”
Andre Borschberg sleeping in the Solar Impulse simulator. Apparently there was no king-size option. Photo: Solar Impulse/Jean Revillard
A larger cockpit has been a big help. Compared to the first Solar Impulse that first flew in 2009, the second aircraft offers a bit more room.
“This cockpit is slightly larger than the first one,” Borschberg says. “We can do some [exercise] gymnastics, it helps to stimulate the muscles and the blood circulation. And I do some meditation to smooth how I use my energy.”
Borschberg has been allowed to take several “micro-naps” of about 20 minutes. It’s all part of the test. When the alarm goes off, there’s no hitting the snooze button. The former Swiss Air Force pilot must immediately take control of the airplane and establish straight and level flight.
“We measure the reaction time, as soon as I’m awake I go and take control of the airplane,” he says. “I have to grab it and provide an action. First control [the airplane], then figure out anything else. Reaction time from alarm to when I grab the controls is 2 to 4 seconds. It is very quick.”
The biggest challenges of sleep deprivation have been critical decision making and of course landing the airplane. Borschberg says he finds he needs more decision making help from the crew as the simulation progresses. This was expected though, and he says it is not a problem.
The next-generation Solar Impulse, known as HB-SIB, will have a wingspan of more than 236 feet. It will not have a true autopilot. The airplane lacks sufficient power to maintain any type of predetermined flight altitude in the event of a strong downdraft, according to Borschberg, and it is so delicate that an autopilot could cause problems in unusual circumstances. Instead, Borschberg says, the airplane will have an electronic co-pilot of sorts capable of maintaining a directional heading and alerting the pilot to any problems with the performance of the airplane.
Borschberg and Solar Impulse co-founder Bertrand Piccard hope to attempt their around-the-world solar powered flight in 2014.
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