Solar Impulse 2, an electric plane that set off on a journey around the world, is ready to go further. After several months of repairing the equipment and carrying out several test flights, it was considered that it was fully safe and could go further.
Solar Impulse 2 is a solar powered airplane that last year set out on a journey around the world to show everyone that electric planes are the future of the aerospace industry.
However, the plan failed and during the next stage of the trip from Japan to Hawaii, which set the record for the longest flight of 4 days and 21 hours, the machine has suffered a major crash. Such a long journey caused the batteries to be destroyed as a result of their overheating and Solar Impulse 2 was grounded.
After nine months of refurbishments and a dozen or so test flights checking the functionality of all systems, the machine is ready to continue the journey. Aircraft designers not only replaced the batteries with new ones, but they also improved the cooling system to prevent overheating of the batteries.
The launch date of the next flight is not yet known, as the team waits for weather conditions that would not harm the delicate photovoltaic engine. There are no plans for a plane yet, as there are four possible locations for pilots, such as Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Vancouver. Their choice will depend on the current weather, giving the pilots the option to change the route if the conditions were unfavorable.