Solar Impulse to head back into sunset

Solar Impulse 2

The Solar Impulse team says it is ready to resume its round-the-world flight from Hawaii, after suffering damage to the solar-powered aircraft's batteries last July.

The solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, will fly towards North America at the first favourable weather window, then on to Europe or North Africa.

Pilot André Borschberg has already broken records by flying for five straight days and nights (117 hours and 52 minutes) on the 8,900km (5,530 miles) journey from Japan to Hawaii. Unfortunately the plane's batteries overheated on the flight, causing an unscheduled pause in the epic round-the-world challenge.

The team's ultimate goal is to return to Abu Dhabi, where Si2 first took off in 2015, without using a drop of fuel.

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