Solar Impulse 2 Landed in Mountain View on Saturday; Pilots say the Flight Round the Globe is also a Test of Human Endurance
Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane that's making a trip around the world is being flown by two Swiss pilots who are taking turns to take it around the globe. The pilots said that it's not only an attempt to demonstrate how renewable energy can be used for human survival but also to exhibit the challenges which the human body can undergo.
Pilot Bertrand Piccard maneuvered the flight when he crossed the expanse of the Pacific Ocean in three-days. He slept for just twenty minutes at a single time in the small cockpit without any heat or air conditioning. The pilot maintained continuous contact with its control center base in Europe.
Piccard said, "You have interviews, navigation control, communications with the control center in Monaco. You have health checks, a lot of health checks. It's very active, there are a lot of things to do, but you can nevertheless enjoy it." Piccard said he uses self-hypnosis to keep his energy up and puts heating pads inside his shoes and gloves for warmth. He said he has no complaints about the ready-made meals he can warm up with a special heat packet and that can include risotto, chicken curry and potatoes.
On Saturday night the Solar Impulse 2 landed in Mountain View, San Francisco after a nonstop solo flight of sixty two hour from Hawaii without any fuel with Piccard behind the wheels.