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Challenge Route and Statistics


The Intercontinental Challenge will be an airborne intercontinental Atlantic Crossing, from the North-Western Coast of Morocco in Africa, to the South-Western Coast of Spain in Europe.

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The crossing will be over the turbulent waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, where its flow accelerates towards the funnel of the Straits of Gibraltar to the East.

There are many complexities and challenges to be overcome – human, technological and natural – and because of this, one primary launch point and 4 four secondary launch points have been chosen (See image above).

The final selection of the Launch point will be decided on the day of the Challenge, and will depend on wind conditions.

Wind will be a critical factor in determining launch options, because depending on the direction and speed of the side-on winds, the mono-wing can be blown either West or East by a large distance. Moreover, the wind blows from opposite directions at differing heights, with only a small window of still air between these two conflicting winds.

The straight-line distance that will be covered will be about 40 kilometers across the ocean, but the prevailing winds mean that the actual distance covered might be as much as 10km more than that. The jet-wing will accelerate to a top speed of approximately 220km/h and will, depending on weather conditions, be in the air a total of 13 minutes.

Wing Flight Statistics

Launch Speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)
Cruising Speed: 220 km/h (130 mph)
Climbing speed: 180km/h (110 mph)
Jet Type: 4 X Jet-Cat P200
Jet Thrust: 88kg total (4x22kg)
Launch Height: 1 950 meters (6 500 feet)
Cruising Height: 1 950 meters (6 500 feet)
Flight Distance: 38 km (23 miles) - Direct flight
Flight Distance: +/- 48 km (29 miles) - Including forward wind resistance
Wing Weight: 30 kg (75 pounds) dry and 60kg (150 pounds) with fuel
Fuel Type: Kerosene (with oil mix for lubrication)
Fuel Quantity: 30 Liters (7.2 Imperial gallons)
Fuel Consumption: .78 liters per km (0.31gallons per mile)
Wing Material: Composite
Flight Time: 13 minutes

Broadcast and Streaming Statistics

  • 5 companies
  • 1 Thompson LDK 6000 camera
  • 5 Sony HDW730 cameras
  • 1 Canon EOS1D Mk3 stills camera
  • 1 Cineflex HDV14 camera
  • 7 Gigawave transmitters
  • 1 OB (Outside Broadcast) truck
  • 1 SNG (Satellite News Gathering) truck
  • 1 Thomson Kayak video edit suite
  • 1 Lawo audio mixing desk
  • 50,000 servers
  • 750 Million Megabytes
  • Eutelsat
  • BT Tower

Personnel Statistics

  • Under the coordination and management of, more than 250 persons from 22 companies and organizations in 11 countries are involved in the staging and broadcast of The Challenge.