Solar Impulse Begins its Next Solar Flight

Jon Capistrano
Jon Capistrano
July 13, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 has taken its next leg flying across the Mediterranean Sea from Southern Spain to Cairo, Egypt on their historical flight of its around-the-world journey using the solar and electricity powered aircraft. The flight is expected to take about 50 hours and 30 minutes.

Andre Borschberg piloted the solar plane for the final time on the journey that began more than a year ago as stated by the Solar Impulse Team on their Twitter account. Borschberg and fellow pilot Bertrand Piccard have taken turns in piloting the solar-powered plane on the circumnavigation flight experiment in drawing attention to the potential uses of renewable energy sources.

The solar aircraft took off from Seville International Airport in Spain. The Solar Impulse 2 made history on the 23rd of June by becoming the first solar-powered aircraft to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Their flight from New York to Seville took 70 hours, which is less than 20 hours than their original estimate. The carbon fibre aircraft boast of a 72-metre wingspan.

The historical journey started in March 2015 in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi. The journey many stops around the world for rest, preparation and logistics.

Bertrand Piccard will pilot the return leg to Cairo, Egypt.

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