Re: An electricity-driven plane ride may be in your future
So, Solar Impulse arrives in Seville tomorrow, right in time for some late tapas. This is a great adventure for Piccard, and certainly a big step in the history of aviation.
While reading, I wondered about how he manages with sleeping. "He will catnap as he flies, being awakened every 20 minutes to check on the plane," you say. However, I still wonder how he manages with sleeping, and if the aircraft counts with auto-pilot, if there is some kind of automation in place in case he is not able to wake up due to a deep sleep segment, which is natural.
Being awaken every 20 minutes sounds like torture to me. It's neither healthy nor safe for the mission, in my opinion. Of course, most likely they have evaluated all this, and considered the risks, especially being Piccard a phychiatrist. Almost four days is quite some time to be exposed to sleep interruptions. Plenty of research has indicated that sleep interruptions lead to health risks as much as no sleep at all. Do you have some information about this?