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.
A homeowner in Southeast Portland shot and killed an intruder early Thursday morning, a spokesperson for the Portland Police Department said in a news release.
Air cargo carrier Cathay Pacific Airways announced on Thursday that it would launch twice a week service to Portland, offering a new route for Asia-bound exports.
A motor vehicle accident occurred Tuesday morning in Litchfield claimed two lives and left a teenager injured, the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office confirmed.
Sightings of motorcyclists zipping through traffic and splitting lanes are not rare in heavily populated cities like Los Angeles.
California State Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Office has confirmed that subpoenas have been issued to oil refiners as part of its investigation into unusually high gasoline prices in the state during last year.
A California bill designed to change how schools in the state retain and fire teachers fell short in its first legislative vote on Wednesday.