Solar-powered plane successfully lands in California

Solar-powered plane successfully lands in California

After flying across the Pacific for two and a half days, an experimental plane piloted by Swiss explorer and psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard successfully landed in Mountain View, California, just before midnight (3 a.m. ET).

The experimental environment-friendly plane, Solar Impulse 2, has been on a world voyage without using a single drop of conventional fuel.

Speaking to reporters in California, Piccard said called the success the beginning of a “new era.” He stressed that the successful voyage proved that clean technologies could do the impossible.

Speaking on the topic, he said, “It’s a new era. It’s not science fiction. It’s today. I’m very happy that everything works extremely well and the airplane is functioning as it should. It’s a demonstration that the tech is reliable.”

The trans-Pacific part of the solar-powered plane’s world voyage was the riskiest part of the tour due to the lack of emergency landing sites in the region.

The solar-powered plane took off from Hawaii on Thursday last week, resuming the world voyage that had stalled on the island of Oahu for around ten months due to a problem in its battery system. As the plane travels at around the same speed as a car, the Hawaii to California leg of the voyage took slightly more than 62 hours to complete.