Solar Impulse 2 Achieves First Flight Around The World With No Fuel
Solar Impulse 2 has just proven that flying around the world without a single drop of fuel is possible. The single-seater plane achieved this feat as it crossed three seas, two oceans, four continents, and 17 stages of flying.
The epic journey started last year on March 9, 2015 when the aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi, UAE. It included stop-overs in countries such as Oman, India, Myanmar, China, Japan, United States, Spain, and Cairo.
After a 16 month journey and traveling almost 30,000 miles, the solar-powered plane landed back in Abu Dhabi.
The aircraft has four energy-efficient motors, smart energy systems, superlight LED lamps, and powered by 17,248 solar cells built on its wings. Despite all these high-tech features, the aircraft weighs only 5,070 lbs.
Solar Impulse 2 is an experimental aircraft pioneered and piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg. These two men took turns in piloting the solar airplane with a mission to promote clean technology by using renewable energies.