Nagoya, Japan and Hawaii -- Bayer MaterialScience’s (BMS) PU foam insulation is being tested to extreme as Solar Impulse 2 makes its second bid to cross the Pacific Ocean powered only by the sun.
The craft, which features BMS technology and innovation as previously reported at UTECH-polyurethane.com, is due to land in Hawaii in about five days, although details of its departure from Japan – where it landed earlier this month as we reported – remained sketchy due potential for abandonment.
Solar Impulse said on its website that pilot Andre Borschberg had passed the point of no return.
"Andre Borschberg has passed the point of no return and must now see this five days five nights flight through to the end" it said.
If the pilot succeeds, it will be the longest-duration solo flight in aviation history, as well as the furthest distance flown by a craft that is powered only by the Sun.