On Saturday, the Solar Impulse airplane took off on its five day journey powered by the sun and nothing more.

 

The flight is almost 5,000 miles long, traveling from Nanjing, China, to Hawaii. If it’s successful, this will be the longest flight in history. Only one man will be working the controls for the entirety of the trip.

 

Andre Borschberg, CEO and Pilot for Solar Impulse

Andre Borschberg is the pilot and CEo of the Solar Impulse project which took off on Sunday May 31, 2015. (24heures.ch)

Pilot and CEO of this project, Andre Borschberg, will be spending the duration of the flight sitting in the cockpit. From his seat, he will be able to operate the controls, do yoga, go to the bathroom, and take naps.

 

Borschberg’s full attention is needed during the flight, and because of this, he can only sleep for 20 minutes at a time while the plane is on autopilot.

 

Hours before starting his long journey, Borschberg showed hope to reporters: “We have a good weather window, which means we have a stable corridor to reach Hawaii.” This is a good sign, since the weather will be a big determining factor in the success of this trip.

 

Earlier this May, poor weather delayed the planes take-off close to a week, showing just how vital good weather is to this trip.

 

Borschberg still has the long part of his journey ahead of him, but with great weather and focus, he is set up to break records.

 

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