July 2, 2012
Solar Impulse Team Postpones Flight From Rabat To Madrid
Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
The flight of the Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg from Rabat-Sale International Airport in Morocco to Madrid, scheduled for July 3, 2012, has been postponed until further notice due to unexpected strong high and middle altitude winds.Piccard was to fly the solar-powered airplane over the Strait of Gibraltar at altitudes above 13,000 feet tomorrow (July 3). However the flight director made the call to scrap the flight until further notice after a final debriefing meeting with Solar Impulse project members at the team´s Payerne, Switzerland HQ.
The meteorological conditions degraded throughout the day and the forecast was for high and middle altitude winds to continue. Given the aircraft´s specifics and its prototype status, wind speed and turbulence cannot exceed a predefined safety limit. The Flight Director came to the conclusion that it was safer to wait for favorable conditions rather than chance it.
Solar Impulse will continue to communicate via its website on any new developments.
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