Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip

Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip:

The Solar Impulse has become the first aircraft to circle the globe powered by the sun, after landing in Abu Dhabi on the last leg of its journey.

Bertrand Piccard piloted the plane for a final time, steering it safely from the Egyptian capital Cairo to the UAE.

He has been taking turns at the controls with Swiss compatriot Andre Borschberg.

It brings to an end an epic, 17-leg voyage that began in Abu Dhabi on 9 March last year.

The journey took in four continents, three seas and two oceans.

The longest leg, a 8,924km (5,545-mile) flight from Nagoya in Japan to Hawaii, US, lasted nearly 118 hours and saw Mr Borschberg break the world record for longest uninterrupted solo flight.

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Solar Impulse on last leg of its round-the-world flight

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Solar Impulse 2 takes off the final leg of its round-the-world flight

Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 / Image courtesy of Solar Impulse In the wee hours of the morning, the Solar Impulse 2 took from Cairo, embarking on the last leg of its round-the-world journey. The 17th and final part of the trip is set to end in Abu Dhabi, where it first set off from in March 2015. The last leg of the journey is anticipated to take around 48 hours, at which point pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will have flown a total of… Read More Syndicated from TechCrunch Continue reading Solar Impulse 2 takes off the final leg of its round-the-world flight

A Solar-Powered Plane Has Completed the First Ever Trans-Atlantic Flight

A Solar-Powered Plane Has Completed the First Ever Trans-Atlantic Flight:

Remember that solar-powered, electric plane that’s flying around the world? It’s just made history by successfully completing the first ever sun-powered, zero-emissions trans-Atlantic flight.

Setting off from New York at 2:30 AM on June 20, 2016, pilot Bertrand Piccard spent a total of 71 hours and 8 minutes in the air, flying at 28,000 feet and covering a distance of 4,203 miles before landing in Seville, Spain, at 7:38 AM local time.

“Crossing the Atlantic ocean is challenging. The plane is sensitive to turbulence, so we have to plan the route carefully and identify the perfect weather window,” Alexandra Gindroz, head of Solar Impulse’s media relations, told me over the phone.

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