Solar Impulse 2 Completes Its Historic Journey Round the World and Lands in Abu Dhabi
Solar Impulse 2, the flight running on only Sun's energy completed its journey round the world.
On Tuesday, the Solar Impulse created history as touched Abu Dhabi, its starting point for the round the world trip in March 2015. It undertook a journey of 25,000 miles (40,000-kilometer) for more than one year with sixteen stops.
The Swiss-engineered Solar Impulse 2 is an example that clean technologies actually can be used in amazing ways to cut down on fuel consumptions. It does not imply that world's airline businesses will rush to adopt the technology immediately as plenty of work needs to go in before a feasible solution can be designed for business purposes.
The solar powered plane has been flown by pilot Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, his partner and fellow pilot, in turns as the aircraft can accommodate only one at a time.
After landing Piccard said "The future is clean. The future is you. The future is now. Let's take it further."
The Solar Impulse is powered by 17,248 solar cells which transfer energy to its four electrical motors to power the propellers which make the plane move ahead. At night, the aircraft runs on four lithium polymer batteries that stores energy. Its wing has been designed uniquely spanning 236 feet to catch enough solar energy.