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Solar Impulse 2 arrives in Nanjing

Aircraft finally departs Chongqing after three week weather delay.

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Solar Impulse 2 has finally departed from Chongqing, China for Nanjing in the Yangtze River Delta after a lengthy weather related delay.

Co-founder and pilot Bertrand Piccard took the controls of the solar powered aircraft for the 14-hour flight to Nanjing, completing the sixth leg of Solar Impulse’s five-month 35,000 km mission.

Departure of the super light aircraft from Chongqing was delayed by around three weeks due to strong cross wind in southern China.

The team is expected to stay in Nanjing for approximately 10 days, depending on weather conditions, to prepare for the solar-powered plane’s historic Pacific crossing.

Masdar is the official host partner of Solar Impulse’s mission to demonstrate how technology and a pioneering spirit can change the world.

Pushing the boundaries of innovation and clean technology, the Solar Impulse journey carries an airborne message to advance environmental stewardship.

Supported by Masdar and UAE Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the #FutureIsClean initiative launched on www.FutureIsClean.org is designed to mobilise individuals, organizations, celebrities and politicians to demand concrete action ahead of the Conference on Climate Change of the United Nations (COP21), which will define the new Kyoto protocol in December 2015 in Paris.

Prizes for the platform’s challenge are sponsored by Masdar.
The next phase of the epic journey will see the plane cross the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, a combined journey of 220 hours.

Si2 will then fly east across the continental United States, stopping in three locations, including Phoenix, a still to be determined stop in the Midwest and New York City at JFK International Airport.

After crossing the Atlantic, the solar-powered plane will either stop in Southern Europe or North Africa before returning to its host city, Abu Dhabi.

The aircraft began its journey in Abu Dhabi on 9 March, stopping in Muscat, Oman before departing the following day for Ahmedabad. Following a brief stop in Varanasi, India, Solar Impulse took off for Mandalay, Myanmar on 19 March with Bertrand Piccard in the cockpit. The plane then completed its fifth and most challenging journey to date, arriving in Chongqing, China on 30 March.

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