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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Flight Report: Phoenix Sky Harbor – Dallas-Fort Worth
|Pilot:||André Borschberg, co-founder and CEO|
|Take-off time:||May 22, 2013 04:47 AM MST (UTC-7)|
|Time of landing:||May 23, 2013 01:08 AM CDT (UTC-5)|
|Flight duration:||18h21 min|
|Average ground speed:||84 km/h (45,3 kt)|
|Highest altitude reached:||8’230 m (27’000 feet)|
|Flight Distance:||1’541 km (832 NM)|
Live from the aircraft link here. Solar Impulse, piloted by André, will take off
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However, the design will provide more storage for pieces of personal carry-on kit such as mobile phones, iPods and reading glasses, and is also said to offer increased privacy Read more…
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Key Innovations – HB-SIA & HB-SIB Read below to find out all the new things in this aircraft.
Structure carbon fiber sheets only 25g/m² (0.8 oz./11 square feet).
– 3 times lighter than paper
Solar Cells only 135 microns thin – like an average human hair
Motors 6% energy loss versus 70% in normal thermal motors
Batteries high energy density – 260 kW/kg (348 hp)
Cockpit isolation foam – pores 40% smaller than previous materials
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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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Gov. Jan Brewer Welcomes Solar Impulse to Arizona Governor, Honorary Swiss Consule to Dine Under the Wings of World¹s Most-Advanced Solar Airplane
PHOENIX , May 6,2013 – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is scheduled to welcome the crew of Solar Impulse to Arizona on Monday, May 6 as the world’s most-advanced solar-powered airplane makes its way across the continent for its historic 2013 Across America mission.
Governor with hand in action Read more…
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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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Solar Power Plane to Travel around the World without using Gas- One Pilot- Solar Impulse Coming to PHX Sat
Solar Impulse Moffett Field – Phoenix Sky Harbor route: 19 hr Flight Time
Flight Report: San Francisco – Phoenix
|Pilot:||Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman|
|Take-off time:||May 3rd 2013 06:12 AM PDT (UTC-7)|
|Time of landing:||May 4th 2013 00:30 AM MST (UTC-7)|
|Flight duration:||18h18 min|
|Average ground speed:||65,5 km/h (40,6 m/h)|
|Highest altitude reached:||6’400 m (21’000feet)|
|Average altitude:||3’050 m (10’000 feet)|
|Flight Distance:||1203 km (~650 NM)|
The Solar Impulse HB-SIA
- Wingspan – 63m (208ft)
- Weight – 1,600kg (3,500lb)
- Covered with 11,628 solar cells
- Carries 400kg (900lb) of lithium-ion batteries
- Maximum cruising altitude of 8,500m (28,000ft)
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