More than a year after its odyssey began, the Solar Impulse 2 airplane resumed its round-the-world, solar-powered trip in Hawaii today.
The ultra-lightweight plane took off at 6:18 a.m. Hawaii time (9:18 a.m. PT).
That five-day, five-night nonstop flight across the Pacific to Hawaii took a heavy toll on the plane’s batteries. The system overheated, and it took several months to make the repairs. The team also had to wait for reliably good weather to return.
Now the $150 million project has gotten off the ground again.