Solar plane ready to leave Japan for Hawaii

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   The airplane carries no fuel, so project engineers are using simulations to determine when it is safe to fly. The first Pacific leg is the riskiest because there is no place to land.Borschberg had been waiting for a weather front stretching from Alaska to Taiwan to clear enough for him to leave the central Japanese city of Nagoya. He landed there on June 1 due to weather worries between Nanjing, China, and Hawaii — at 8,175 kilometers (5,079 miles) the longest leg of the round-the-world journey which began in Abu Dhabi.The length of the journey means that the weather forecasts the project’s simulators use to decide if it is safe to embark are at their limits of reliability, he said. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — A solar-powered plane delayed by weather and repair work is ready to resume its around-the-world journey, set to leave central Japan for Hawaii early Wednesday if conditions permit.Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg is flying the plane solo during the roughly five-day trip. He plans to take short naps, do yoga and meditate to endure the lack of sleep.“As a pilot you learn not to sleep when you fly. I needed time to accept that I could sleep and I could trust what the airplane was doing,” he told reporters in Tokyo last week. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Check your body, save your lifelast_img

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