The journey took a very long time—505 days to fly 26,000 miles (42,000 km) at an average speed of about 45 mph (70 kph)—but pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg successfully landed the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, after flying around the world using only the power of the Sun.
Did the solar powered plane make it around the world?
On 9 March 2015, Piccard and Borschberg began to circumnavigate the globe with Solar Impulse 2, departing from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The aircraft was scheduled to return to Abu Dhabi in August 2015 after a multi-stage journey around the world.
|Number built||2 (including prototype)|
Who made the first solar powered plane?
Solar-Powered Aircraft Developments Solar One
|Manufacturer||Solar–Powered Aircraft Developments|
|First flight||13 June 1979|
Are there solar-powered drones?
Solar UAV Platforms
An experimental 100% solar powered quadcopter has been developed by a team at the University of Singapore – however, it is extremely thin and currently incapable of carrying a significant payload.
Can any plane fly around world?
Yes, it’s entirely possible for a plane to fly around the world. It’s been done number of times, including two aircraft, both custom made, that completed non-stop flights. Check them out by Googling Rutan voyager – Google Search and Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer – Wikipedia.
How much does a solar plane cost?
And then there’s the cost. The Solar Impulse 2 will end up costing approximately $170 million, funded mostly by private corporate sponsors and individuals.
What is Solar Impulse label?
A label focused on both environment and profitability
Assessed by independent experts, the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution label, serves as a credible marker of quality to decision-makers in business and governments. This will pull new technologies and products to the market and fast track their implementation.