Solar Impulse 2 Completes Famous Round-the-World Trip [ Current Affairs ]
Solar Impulse 2 has become the first aircraft to circle the sphere using solar energy after landing in Abu Dhabi on the last leg of its journey. The long-range solar-powered aircraft has travelled 26744 miles across four continents, three seas, and two oceans since setting off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015.
Key structures of Solar Impulse 2:
- It is a Swiss long-range solar-powered aircraft project.
- Solar Impulse 2 is first aircraft to fly day and night without consuming straight fuel in Oder to encourage renewable energy.
- Solar Impulse 2 structure was started in 2011. The first test flight of the aircraft was showed in the United States in 2013.
- Single-seater aircraft made of carbon staple.
- It has a 72-metre wingspan and its weighs 2, 300 kilo grams.
- It is solely boosted by the solar energy and emits zero Carbon dioxide (CO2).
- These cells supply renewable energy to propel the electric motors of aircraft. 17, 248 solar cells inbuilt into its wings.
- It also restore 4 lithium polymer batteries mounted on aircraft which allows it fly at night.
Journey of Solar Impulse 2
- The aircraft has racked up 558 hours of flight time. The aircraft was piloted in turns by Markus Scherdel, Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard in its 17-leg voyage.
- Its first halt was in Muscat (Oman). And next halted in Ahmedabad and Varanasi in India. Started its journey from Abu Dhabi (UAE).
- It had halted in Mandalay (Myanmar), Chongqing & Nanjing (China).
- It had made an unscheduled stop in Japan to await favourable weather over the Pacific.
- From Japan, it crossed the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii (US) and flew across the United States, taking 3 stops at Phoenix in the Midwest and New York City.
- After, it met Atlantic sea and took halt in Seville, Spain in Europe.
- In advanced in its final limb it landed in Cairo, Egypt and finalized its journey in Abu Dhabi.
- Published on: July 27, 2016