Solar Impulse heads for California as part of its world tour

Solar Impulse heads for California as part of its world tour

Flying high above the Pacific Ocean aboard a fully solar-powered plane, pilot Bertrand Piccard spoke to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and both praised each other for supporting environment.

Ki-moon praised Piccard for his pioneering spirit. He said he was ‘inspirational’ and making history. Piccard also hailed Ki-moon, telling him that he was making history too by having just presided over the signing ceremony for a climate agreement supported by 175 countries.

In the brief conversation, Piccard told Ki-moon, “What you are doing today in New York, signing the Paris agreement, is more than protecting the environment; it is the launch of the clean technology revolution.”

After the brief conversation, the pilot continued on his way en route California. He said he would likely be in the San Francisco Bay area by the Saturday evening.

The trans-Pacific segment of the solar-powered plane is the riskiest part his global tour because of the region lacks emergency landing sites.

The Solar Impulse 2 took off from Hawaii on Thursday morning with a schedule to land in Mountain View, California, this weekend. It landed in Hawaii in July and was forced to stay there because of a glitch in its battery system.

The solar-powered aircraft started world tour in March last year from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. Before landing in Hawaii, it made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan.