Solar powered plane completes first global flight

Solar powered plane completes first global flight

Solar powered plane completes first global flight

Written by Staff Writer

26 Jul, 2016 | 2:05 pm

A solar-powered aircraft successfully completed the first fuel-free flight around the world on Tuesday, returning to Abu Dhabi after an epic 16-month voyage and demonstrating the potential of renewable energy.

The plane, Solar Impulse 2, touched down in the United Arab Emirates capital at 0005 GMT (0405 local time) today.

It first took off from Abu Dhabi on March 9, 2015, beginning a landmark journey of about 40,000 km around the globe and nearly 500 hours of flying.

Unfavourable weather at times hindered smooth flying, causing the plane to be grounded for months in some countries.

Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Solar Impulse founders and pilots, took turns piloting the aircraft with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 747 and weighing only as much as a family car.

The Swiss team is campaigning to bolster support for clean energy.

Piccard who landed the plane in Abu Dhabi said Solar Impulse was an achievement in the history of energy.

Source : Reuters

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