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Swiss solar powered aircraft completes first round the world flight

Local News // July 26, 2016
Swiss solar powered aircraft completes first round the world flight

The Swiss solar powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2 has completed its round-the-world journey landing in Abu Dhabi this morning,

Solar Impulse flying to Abu Dhabi over gulf arabic

Solar Impulse flying to Abu Dhabi over gulf arabic

It's the first aircraft to circumnavigate the globe without using any jet fuel in its mission is to promote the use of renewable energy.

Solar Impulse touches down

Solar Impulse 2 Touching down in Abu Dhabi

Bertrand Piccard piloted the plane for a final 48-hour flight, from the Egyptian capital Cairo to the UAE.

Solar Impulse Airplane - Landing in Abu Dhabi

He landed at Al Bateen airport at 2am, where he had set off on 9 March 2015 for a journey of over 42,000 kilometers, which he shared with Swiss entrepreneur Andre Borschberg .

"The future is clean. The future is you. The future is now. Let's take it further,'' Mr Piccard said, arriving into Abu Dhabi to cheers and applause.

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg greeted with cheers and applause

Weighing 1.5 tonnes but as large as a Boeing 747, the SI2 flew at an average speed of 80 km / h thanks to batteries that store solar energy captured by some 17,000 solar cells on its wings.

Comparison with Boing 747

Distance covered: 43'041 km

Flight Hours | Number of Days: 558 hours et 6 minutes | 23 Days

Solar Enegy Produced: 11'655 kWh

Number Route Simulation: 17'848

Route with airports and distances

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