Solar Impulse 2 Completes Famous Round-the-World Trip [ Current Affairs ]

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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.

Image shows the Solar Impulse 2

Image shows the Solar Impulse 2

showing image of Solar Impulse 2

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.

Structure:

  • 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).

Solar cells:

  • 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