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Thread: Solar Impulse 2's around the world flight attempt - Live streaming

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    Solar Impulse 2's around the world flight attempt - Live streaming

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    Currently on the 4th leg of their solar powered journey around the world the Solar Impulse team is live streaming tons of data from the aircraft: flight controls, flight instruments, aircraft orientation, and more. Cockpit video and text chat with the pilot is sometimes available as well.

    Enjoy! Solar Impulse RTW - 4th Leg from Varanasi to Mandalay


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    Solar 2 is now on the longest leg of their around the world attempt, the flight from Nanjing, China to Hawaii. This leg will take 5 days and 5 nights of non-stop flight. The plane is currently 115km into the 9,030km flight.


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    Unfortunately a cold front has moved faster than expected and grown in size and intensity more than predicted. This front will prevent SI2 from landing in Hawaii on day 5. Accordingly they are diverting to Nagoya, Japan where they expect to land in a few hours.


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    And SI2 is safely on the ground in Nagoya, Japan.


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    SI2 is off on another attempt at the Pacific crossing. For whatever reasons the team is 'keeping it quiet'. The launch, now 4 hours ago, has not been posted to their Facebook or tracking page. As such live data is not yet available. Apparently they have until 8 hours into the flight to make the final go or no-go call. I suspect that they will announce and start streaming once the go decision is made.

    Next stop....(Fingers crossed!)....Hawaii!


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    All data streams are active including the live cockpit video feed. The decision to go has been made with the formal announcement expected in about 25 minutes.


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    With over 4,000km now having been flown Solar Impulse is well past the halfway point on the flight to Hawaii. Here's to hoping the 2nd half goes as well as the first half!


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    And yet another World Record falls. With over 76 hours flying time Andre/SI2 has broken the old record for the longest non-stop solo flight without refueling.


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    Actually... when you think about it, with its solar panels it is continually refueling during daylight hours

    Just sayin'

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    Landing in Hawaii is scheduled for 1600UTC July 3. Live streaming continues at Solar Impulse RTW - 8th Leg from Nagoya to Hawaii


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    After 4 days, 21 hours, and 50 some odd minutes in the air SI2 is safely on the ground in Hawaii!


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    Wow!!!

    What an amazing effort, in every way. Superb, and thank you JP for the updates...

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    An amazing effort indeed Mal. In total I hear they've broken/set 5 Records.

    The verified records I've seen are:

    • The previously mentioned longest non-stop solo flight without refueling.
    • The longest distance covered in a non-stop manned solar flight.
    • The longest time spent in the air in a non-stop manned solar flight.


    Scanning the various records it seems like another record they've set is: The longest time spent in the air in a non-stop solo flight in any airplane with or without refueling.

    What the 5th one is I have no idea at this point. If you run across it please post it up!


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    Solar Impulse 2's around the world flight has been put on hold until 2016. During its record breaking flight from Japan to Hawaii its batteries suffered some damage and it will not be possible to repair/replace them before their weather window for crossing the US and the Atlantic closes. Accordingly the plane will remain in Hawaii to undergo repairs with the journey resuming around April 2016.


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    Yes, definitely gotta fly safe....

    Bummer with the battery overheating issue though. Just goes to show, no matter how carefully a bunch of very clever engineers try to cover every design contingency, it is always possible for something to come back and bite you once you put something to the test. Of course, this is the very purpose of the entire exercise, to stretch the boundaries and see what is possible...

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    Solar Impulse 2 has completed its crossing of North America and is currently doing a photo op flyover of the Statue of Liberty off of New York City. It will be landing at JFK airport shortly where it will await a good weather window for the crossing of the Atlantic.

    Live stream of the Statue of Liberty flyover:




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    Touchdown. SI2 is safely on the ground at JFK airport.


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    Wow!

    What an effort, eh...
    Sure looked great with the SoL in the foreground -Beautiful...

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    And Solar Impulse 2 is on its way across the Atlantic flying from New York to Seville, Spain. This is the longest remaining leg of their around the world flight and is expected to take about 90 hours. The virtual Cockpit can be found here along with the live stream from the aircraft.


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    Solar Impulse2 is now heading into its landing in Seville, Spain having completed it's crossing of the Atlantic. Live feed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKeNNEuCglc


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    At a bit over 71 hours after taking off from New York, USA SI2 is on the ground in Seville, Spain.


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    Solar Impulse 2 has taken off from Seville, Spain and is on its way to Cairo, Egypt on what if all goes well is it's next to last leg. Leaving Cairo will be its last leg as it flies on to Abu Dhabi where it started this amazing fuel-less flight around the world back in March 2015.


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    As always the real time flight controls and instrumentation feeds as well as location/tracking info is available here: Solar Impulse - 16th Leg from Seville to Cairo This page also has the live video feed on it but it is a smaller window than the link posted above which is hosted on YouTube.


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    Day 2's Seville to Cairo live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL_Y45kSKVw


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    Current live feed on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2fLiTSxPMc

    SI2 is currently circling west of Cairo awaiting dawn for a fly-by photo op with the pyramids and then landing.


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    Landing in ~30 minutes.

    Current live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCdeYXMUbtM


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    Hrmmm...add an hour to the time to landing. Someone mucked up and was quoting London time instead of the UTC that they're operating on forgetting that London is an hour ahead of UTC in their summer.

    Currently over-flying the pyramids.


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    Solar Impulse 2 is safely on the ground in Cairo!


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    Solar Impulse 2 is now on the final leg of its' record setting around the world flight using only solar power. The flight from Cairo to Abu Dhabi is expected to take roughly 48 hours.

    Live cockpit feed:




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    Solar Impulse 2 is now ~140km from Abu Dhabi in a holding pattern. Landing is expected to be in about 3 hours.

    Cairo to Abu Dhabi day 2's live stream:




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    And Solar Impulse 2 is on the ground having landed safely in Abu Dhabi and thus completing its epic 40,000km around the world flight using nothing but solar power! Congratulations to the entire team for an exceptional job!


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    A fantastic achievement indeed...

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