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A Solar-Powered Plane Has Completed the First Ever Trans-Atlantic Flight


Solar Impulse 2 lands in Spain after 70-hour flight

The trans-Atlantic trip was one of the aircraft’s toughest sections in its round-the-world flight.

The 4,203-mile journey marked the first-ever solar-powered, electric and fuel-free flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

The solar-powered plane flew at a maximum altitude of 28,000 feet and an average speed of 59 miles per hour during the three-day flight.

At the controls of Si2, Bertrand Piccard touched down at the Seville Airport at 7:38am local time (UTC+2), after a historic flight of three days and three nights that took off from NY on 20 June at 2:30am local time (UTC-4) – at a maximum altitude of 8’534m (28’000 feet) and average speed of 95.10 km/h (59 mph) – completing the first ever electric, solar and emission-free transatlantic flight while breaking several world records (pending FAI approval).

“The goal is not to change aviation. but to inspire people to use [renewable] technologies and show people they can use these technologies every day to have a better quality of life”, pilot Bertrand Piccard comments.

Solar Impulse 2 travels at 48 kilometers per hour (30 mph) although its flight speed can double when exposed to full sunlight. Its final destination is its original starting point Abu Dhabi, and mission planners are now plotting a route, possibly via either Greece or Egypt.

Solar Impulse 2 which has just completed 15th leg of its east-west trip, set out on March 9, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, and has flown across Asia and the Pacific to the United States with the sun as its only source of power.

The Solar Impulse 2 has solar panels that charge the plane’s batteries. He broke the previous record for the longest uninterrupted journey in aviation history. The International Committee of Clean Technologies (ICCT) will group the main global actors in the field of clean technologies to bring independent and credible guidance on energy policy to governments and corporations.

Solar impulse 2, the solar-powered aircraft that is now attempting the first renewably powered circumnavigation of the globe, has successfully crossed the Atlantic. “It’s not only about clean technology and renewable energy, it’s also about human adventure, it’s about trying to fulfill dreams, trying to do things that nobody has done before”.