Fans of Solar Impulse 2, the news is out! The primary ever Around-The-World flight official international route has been proclaimed by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, nation co-founders and pilots of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), in Abu Dhabi today, January 20, 2014.
The Solar Impulse 2 team says that the primary solar-powered plane ready to fly day and night can land in twelve locations across the planet, spanning around twenty five flight days, adjoin five months and travel thirty five thounsand kilometers within the 1st commit to fly round the globe while not employing a drop of fuel.
Si2 can take-off from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, between February or March and return between July or August 2015. The route includes stops in Muscat, Oman; Ahmedabad and Varanasi, India; Mandalay, Myanmar; and Chongqing and Nanjing, China. After crossing the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, Si2 will fly across the Continental U.S.A. stopping in three locations – Phoenix, and New York City at JFK. A location in the Midwest will be decided dependent on weather conditions. After crossing the Atlantic, the final legs include a stop-over in Southern Europe or North Africa before arriving back in Abu Dhabi.
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, nation co-founders and pilots of Solar Impulse 2, revealed the flight path of plane on Tuesday at Al Bateen Executive Airport.
“With our attempt to complete the first solar powered round-the-world flight, we want to demonstrate that clean technology and renewable energy can achieve the impossible,” said Mr Piccard, chairman of Solar Impulse.