Solar Impulse 2 leaves NY, begins Atlantic crossing

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NEW YORK CITY: The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft set off from New York’s JFK airport early Monday, embarking on the transatlantic leg of its record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy. The flight, piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, is expected to take about 90 hours—during which Piccard will only take short naps—before landing at Spain’s Seville airport. “It’s my first time taking off from JFK,” Piccard said over a live feed from the aircraft as he headed into the night sky at approximately 2:30 a.m. (0630 GMT). The voyage marks the first solo transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered airplane, and is one of the most difficult legs in Solar Impulse 2’s journey around the world.

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