26 Jul Solar Impulse 2 completes historic round-the-world journey
Solar Impulse 2, the experimental solar-powered airplane has completed the first round-the-world flight after touching down in Abu Dhabi early this morning.
Bertrand Piccard, chairman and pilot of Solar Impulse said: “Our mission now is to continue to motivate people, corporations and governments to use these same solutions on the ground wherever they make sense.”
The plane’s flight from Cairo, Egypt to Abu Dhabi started at 1:00am Cairo time on Sunday and experienced various challenges including extreme head and unpredictable wins. The flight took a total of 48 hours.
Solar Impulse 2’s round-the-world tour began in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg said they wanted to promote clean technology worldwide.
The Swiss-engineered experimental airplane, with a wingspan wider than a Boeing 747 carrying more than 17,000 solar cells on its wings, has made 16 stops around the world.
The plane’s clean technologies on the ground can halve the world’s energy consumption and save natural resources.
Solar Impulse 2 has since completed more than 500 flight hours, cruising at an average speed of 28mph and 56mph.
“All the clean technologies we use, they can be used everywhere. So we have flown 40,000km, but now it is up to other people to take it further,” said Piccard. “It is up to every person in a house to take it further, every head of state, every mayor in a city, every entrepreneur or CEO of a company.”