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Sandra Wilson 2016-06-21
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Credit: Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse 2 is halfway to making aviation history.

The plane took off from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday and is making its way across the Atlantic Ocean to Seville, Spain.

"Lindbergh s transatlantic flight marked a new area in aviation and contributed to the progress of air transport on a large scale," Piccard said.

"With Solar Impulse, our aim is to encourage the deployment of clean technologies everywhere.

If an airplane can fly day and night without fuel, everybody could use these same efficient solutions in their daily lives."

From Spain, Solar Impulse 2 will continue on to Abu Dhabi, where it began it's journey in March 2015.

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And while the plane could operate at up to 12,000 meters, its cockpit isn't pressurized, so altitude is limited by its pilots' tolerance.

Covestro, a polymer company, provided the insulation, while a company called ABB managed the on-board electrical system, which it calls similar to one of the ground-based smart grids it provides.

But most of the new technology is focused on the part of the system that is stressed to its limit during flights lasting as long as five days: the pilot.

The pilots also spent about a third of the day above 4,000 meters, with their breathing aided by an oxygen mask.

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George Comer 2016-06-11
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Piloted by Andre Borschberg, Solar Impulse 2 flies over New York Solar Impulse .

Solar Impulse 2, which flew over the Statue of Liberty on its historic solar-powered global journey Saturday, continues to prove the vast potential of renewable energy, according to pilot Bertrand Piccard.

Related: Solar Impulse 2 makes Statue of Liberty flyby, arrives in New York

The record-breaking plane has travelled 18,540 miles without a single drop of fuel since setting off on the first leg of the trip from Abu Dhabi to Oman in March 2015.

A larger version of a single-seat prototype that first flew six years ago, Solar Impulse 2 is made of carbon fiber and has 17,248 solar cells built into the wing that supply the plane with renewable energy, via four motors.

Other partners include polymer specialist Covestro, which developed a new form of microcell insulation foam for Solar Impulse 2, and chemical firm Solvay, which is providing a number of products, from specialty polymers to lubricants.

All morning, when I was over the Hudson River I felt like a 3-year old kid looking at a Christmas tree, it was so beautiful, said Borschberg, during the press conference.

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Solar Impulse has completed the first round-the-world solar powered flight by landing at its final destination of Abu Dhabi.

The plane has flown a total of 42,000km using not a single drop of conventional fuel, instead relying on a huge bank of solar cells installed on the wings of the aircraft.

Pilot Betrand Piccard landed the plane safely after launching for the final leg from Cairo.

The flight contained a number of record-breaking achievements including the world s longest uninterrupted solo flight by fellow pilot Andre Borschberg.

Mr Borschberg flew 8,924km from Nagoya in Japan to Hawaii, a flight which took an astonishing 118 hours.

In total 19 aviation records were set during the year-long flight.

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Kyle Patterson 2016-09-23
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File photo - Bertrand Piccard takes a selfie on board the "Solar Impulse 2" during his flight from Dayton, Ohio to Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pa., where he landed, Wednesday, May 25 2016.

One of the possible spinoffs is to produce an unmanned Solar Impulse to fly 20 kilometers 12.4 miles high in the stratosphere, Solar Impulse Chairman Bertrand Piccard told FoxNews.com during an interview in New York.

It s to provide cheap satellite for Wi-Fi, GSM connections, observation for agriculture – our engineers are working on that now.

Piccard was at the controls of Solar Impulse 2 when it reached Abu Dhabi in July, completing the final leg of the first solar-powered journey around the world.

The plane, which set off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015, traveled 26,744 miles on its odyssey and racked up 558 hours of flight time.

The Solar Impulse chairman took turns with former Swiss military pilot Andre Borschberg to fly the single-seat plane around the world.

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William Mcneely 2016-06-06
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File photo - In this photo provided by Solar Impulse, "Solar Impulse 2," the solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, moves through the sky shortly after the take off from Dayton International Airport, in Dayton, Ohio to Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pa., on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Jean Revillard/Solar Impulse via AP

Solar Impulse 2 is expected to take off from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania around midnight on the latest leg of its solar-powered journey around the world, arriving at JFK airport in New York around 4 a.m.

I am looking forward to this incredible flyover of the StatueofLiberty NYC Find more info: https://t.co/UULF3UYKte pic.twitter.com/NJvb6xr0hI

— André Borschberg @andreborschberg June 6, 2016

I will be able to observe with awe the lights of the amazing city which never sleeps, he added, in a subsequent tweet.

In Si2's cockpit I will be able to observe with awe the lights of the amazing city which never sleeps pic.twitter.com/NiZ85ad2DP

— André Borschberg @andreborschberg June 6, 2016

The plane is the brainchild of explorer and Solar Impulse Chairman Piccard, who is taking it in turns with his fellow Swiss pilot Borschberg to fly the aircraft on its journey across the globe.

The aircraft, a larger version of a single-seat prototype that first flew six years ago, is made of carbon fiber and has 17,248 solar cells built into the wing that supply the plane with renewable energy, via four motors.

Related: From high above the Pacific, Solar Impulse 2 pilot spreads Earth Day message

Solar Impulse 2 typically flies between 30 mph and 40 mph, although this can increase and decrease significantly depending on wind speed.

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Solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 flies after taking off at San Pablo airport in Seville, southern Spain July 11, 2016.

Piloted by Andre Borschberg, the solar-powered plane left Seville Airport at 12:20 a.m. EDT.

Solar Impulse 2 is expected to land at Cairo International Airport, at around 3 a.m. EDT Wednesday after a flight of approximately 2,200 miles.

While Solar Impulse 2 s historic flights across the Pacific and Atlantic were carefully planned around weather conditions, the biggest challenge for the Mediterranean leg is Europe s busy summertime air traffic.

Shortly after leaving Seville, Solar Impulse 2 flew over the Gemasolar Thermasolar plant in Southern Spain, which is partly owned by mission partner Masdar.

What they do is what we do with this airplane – produce energy from renewables.

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Michelle Briggs 2016-07-25

— SOLAR IMPULSE @solarimpulse July 26, 2016

Almost 16 months since taking off on its incredible and pioneering journey, Solar Impulse 2 has landed back in Abu Dhabi.

There have been lows; battery failures, delays that lasted months at a time, weather woes and sickness along the way, but there have also been unbelievable highs as the plane broke record after record at nearly every turn.

Piccard – who had hoped to leave Cairo on July 18 but was struck down with a stomach upset – began the final leg of the trip on Saturday at 11:28pm UTC 1:28am CEST/7:28pm EDT on July 24 .

Rising heat causes thermals that create turbulence.

In particular, this rising heat is caused by an equalising effect in the air pressure system.

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In the wee hours of the morning, the Solar Impulse 2 took from Cairo, embarking on the last leg of its round-the-world journey.

The 17th and final part of the trip is set to end in Abu Dhabi, where it first set off from in March 2015.

The last leg of the journey is anticipated to take around 48 hours, at which point pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will have flown a total of 21,748 miles, marking the first such journey for an aircraft of its kind.

Of course, the plane and its pilots are already in the record books a few times over, having secured the record for the longest solo flight from Japan to Hawaii and crossed the Atlantic, both fuel-free.

The pilots anticipate relatively smooth sailing as Piccard takes control one final time.

Though, according to the BBC, the hot, thin air above the region could pose some troubles to the solar plane s motors.

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James Honor 2016-07-26
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Solar Impulse managed to fly around the world only propelled by solar power.

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 landed early on Tuesday morning in Abu Dhabi, thus concluding the final leg of his trip around the world.

Solar Impulse, the first solar-powered plane has passed a round the world trip without a drop of gasoline.

The final stage took over two days from Cairo.

The trip has been working since March 2015

The plane was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd at the Al Bateen Executive Airport, where the trip even started.

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Solar Impulse 2 when it flew over the Pyramids of Egypt during his round the world trip.

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 landed early on Tuesday morning in Abu Dhabi, thus concluding the final leg of his trip around the world.

Solar Impulse, the first solar-powered plane has passed a round the world trip without a drop of gasoline.

The final stage took over two days from Cairo.

The trip has been working since March 2015

The plane was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd at the Al Bateen Executive Airport, where the trip even started.

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Frances Buoy 2016-06-10
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File photo - In this photo provided by Solar Impulse, "Solar Impulse 2," the solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, moves through the sky shortly after the take off from Dayton International Airport, in Dayton, Ohio to Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pa., on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Finally coming to NYC to fly over the StatueofLiberty tonight, tweeted pilot Andre Borschberg Friday.

Come out and watch https://t.co/UULF3UYKte pic.twitter.com/ZAdqqLF7y4

— André Borschberg @andreborschberg June 10, 2016

The plane is the brainchild of explorer and Solar Impulse Chairman Piccard, who is taking it in turns with his fellow Swiss pilot Borschberg to fly the aircraft on its journey across the globe.

Related: Solar Impulse 2 reaches Hawaii, shatters records in historic Pacific flight

The aircraft, a larger version of a single-seat prototype that first flew six years ago, is made of carbon fiber and has 17,248 solar cells built into the wing that supply the plane with renewable energy, via four motors.

The solar cells recharge four lithium polymer batteries, which provide power for night flying.

A huge inflatable mobile hangar that can be quickly assembled and disassembled is being used to shelter Solar Impulse 2 on its journey around the world.

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Ralph Miller 2016-07-26
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The question on everyone s mind: what s going on with Solar Impulse?

For anyone who isn t aware, Solar Impulse is an aeroplane.

She s run using solar power.

Over 17,000 solar cells line its wings, supplying a series of electric motors and charging four on-board lithium batteries.

It s designed to be entirely solar-powered, and, thanks to those batteries, able to fly through day and night.

Solar Impulse s journey started in March of last year, and this baby has hit all the hottest airports – including in the US alone, Pennsylvania s Lehigh Valley International Airport and Dayton, Ohio, managing to make two stops in Arizona.

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Joel Schroeder 2016-06-22
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View photosMoreIn this photo provided by Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, piloted by Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccard takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday, June 20, 2016, on its way to Southern Spain.

Jean Revillard/Solar Impulse 2 via AP MANDATORY CREDIT

LONDON AP — Swiss officials say an experimental solar-powered airplane has completed a three-day flight across the Atlantic in the latest leg of its globe-circling voyage.

The Aero-Club of Switzerland said the Solar Impulse 2 landed in Seville in southern Spain at 0540 GMT on Thursday, ending a 70-hour flight which began from New York City on Monday.

It was the 15th leg of a planned around-the-world flight which began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The Solar Impulse 2's wings, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries.

The plane runs on stored energy at night.

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In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016, handout image provided by Solar Impulse, the Solar Impulse 2 flying over the pyramids, Egypt Cairo.

The experimental solar-powered airplane has arrived in Egypt as part of its global voyage.

Jean Revillard, Rezo via the AP

CAIRO — Flying through the haze over the pyramids of Giza, an experimental solar-powered airplane arrived on Wednesday in Egypt as part of its globe-circling voyage.

The Solar Impulse 2 departed from the Seville airport in Spain on Monday and landed at the Cairo International Airport on Wednesday morning.

This leg of the trip had been expected to last about 50 hours and 30 minutes.

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Sandra Wilson 2016-06-21
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Credit: Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse 2 is halfway to making aviation history.

The plane took off from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday and is making its way across the Atlantic Ocean to Seville, Spain.

"Lindbergh s transatlantic flight marked a new area in aviation and contributed to the progress of air transport on a large scale," Piccard said.

"With Solar Impulse, our aim is to encourage the deployment of clean technologies everywhere.

If an airplane can fly day and night without fuel, everybody could use these same efficient solutions in their daily lives."

From Spain, Solar Impulse 2 will continue on to Abu Dhabi, where it began it's journey in March 2015.

John Burns 2016-06-14
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Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%00:00The ScenePlayMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00FullscreenNeed TextNo compatible source was found for this video.Advertisement 0:30Solar Impulse 2: a conversation with the pilots about renewable energyshareplaysaveI am a skip button.

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And while the plane could operate at up to 12,000 meters, its cockpit isn't pressurized, so altitude is limited by its pilots' tolerance.

Covestro, a polymer company, provided the insulation, while a company called ABB managed the on-board electrical system, which it calls similar to one of the ground-based smart grids it provides.

But most of the new technology is focused on the part of the system that is stressed to its limit during flights lasting as long as five days: the pilot.

The pilots also spent about a third of the day above 4,000 meters, with their breathing aided by an oxygen mask.

Charles Rodriguez 2016-07-26
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Solar Impulse has completed the first round-the-world solar powered flight by landing at its final destination of Abu Dhabi.

The plane has flown a total of 42,000km using not a single drop of conventional fuel, instead relying on a huge bank of solar cells installed on the wings of the aircraft.

Pilot Betrand Piccard landed the plane safely after launching for the final leg from Cairo.

The flight contained a number of record-breaking achievements including the world s longest uninterrupted solo flight by fellow pilot Andre Borschberg.

Mr Borschberg flew 8,924km from Nagoya in Japan to Hawaii, a flight which took an astonishing 118 hours.

In total 19 aviation records were set during the year-long flight.

William Mcneely 2016-06-06
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File photo - In this photo provided by Solar Impulse, "Solar Impulse 2," the solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, moves through the sky shortly after the take off from Dayton International Airport, in Dayton, Ohio to Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pa., on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Jean Revillard/Solar Impulse via AP

Solar Impulse 2 is expected to take off from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania around midnight on the latest leg of its solar-powered journey around the world, arriving at JFK airport in New York around 4 a.m.

I am looking forward to this incredible flyover of the StatueofLiberty NYC Find more info: https://t.co/UULF3UYKte pic.twitter.com/NJvb6xr0hI

— André Borschberg @andreborschberg June 6, 2016

I will be able to observe with awe the lights of the amazing city which never sleeps, he added, in a subsequent tweet.

In Si2's cockpit I will be able to observe with awe the lights of the amazing city which never sleeps pic.twitter.com/NiZ85ad2DP

— André Borschberg @andreborschberg June 6, 2016

The plane is the brainchild of explorer and Solar Impulse Chairman Piccard, who is taking it in turns with his fellow Swiss pilot Borschberg to fly the aircraft on its journey across the globe.

The aircraft, a larger version of a single-seat prototype that first flew six years ago, is made of carbon fiber and has 17,248 solar cells built into the wing that supply the plane with renewable energy, via four motors.

Related: From high above the Pacific, Solar Impulse 2 pilot spreads Earth Day message

Solar Impulse 2 typically flies between 30 mph and 40 mph, although this can increase and decrease significantly depending on wind speed.

Michelle Briggs 2016-07-25

— SOLAR IMPULSE @solarimpulse July 26, 2016

Almost 16 months since taking off on its incredible and pioneering journey, Solar Impulse 2 has landed back in Abu Dhabi.

There have been lows; battery failures, delays that lasted months at a time, weather woes and sickness along the way, but there have also been unbelievable highs as the plane broke record after record at nearly every turn.

Piccard – who had hoped to leave Cairo on July 18 but was struck down with a stomach upset – began the final leg of the trip on Saturday at 11:28pm UTC 1:28am CEST/7:28pm EDT on July 24 .

Rising heat causes thermals that create turbulence.

In particular, this rising heat is caused by an equalising effect in the air pressure system.

James Honor 2016-07-26
img

Solar Impulse managed to fly around the world only propelled by solar power.

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 landed early on Tuesday morning in Abu Dhabi, thus concluding the final leg of his trip around the world.

Solar Impulse, the first solar-powered plane has passed a round the world trip without a drop of gasoline.

The final stage took over two days from Cairo.

The trip has been working since March 2015

The plane was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd at the Al Bateen Executive Airport, where the trip even started.

Frances Buoy 2016-06-10
img

File photo - In this photo provided by Solar Impulse, "Solar Impulse 2," the solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, moves through the sky shortly after the take off from Dayton International Airport, in Dayton, Ohio to Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pa., on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Finally coming to NYC to fly over the StatueofLiberty tonight, tweeted pilot Andre Borschberg Friday.

Come out and watch https://t.co/UULF3UYKte pic.twitter.com/ZAdqqLF7y4

— André Borschberg @andreborschberg June 10, 2016

The plane is the brainchild of explorer and Solar Impulse Chairman Piccard, who is taking it in turns with his fellow Swiss pilot Borschberg to fly the aircraft on its journey across the globe.

Related: Solar Impulse 2 reaches Hawaii, shatters records in historic Pacific flight

The aircraft, a larger version of a single-seat prototype that first flew six years ago, is made of carbon fiber and has 17,248 solar cells built into the wing that supply the plane with renewable energy, via four motors.

The solar cells recharge four lithium polymer batteries, which provide power for night flying.

A huge inflatable mobile hangar that can be quickly assembled and disassembled is being used to shelter Solar Impulse 2 on its journey around the world.

Joel Schroeder 2016-06-22
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View photosMoreIn this photo provided by Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, piloted by Swiss pioneer Bertrand Piccard takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Monday, June 20, 2016, on its way to Southern Spain.

Jean Revillard/Solar Impulse 2 via AP MANDATORY CREDIT

LONDON AP — Swiss officials say an experimental solar-powered airplane has completed a three-day flight across the Atlantic in the latest leg of its globe-circling voyage.

The Aero-Club of Switzerland said the Solar Impulse 2 landed in Seville in southern Spain at 0540 GMT on Thursday, ending a 70-hour flight which began from New York City on Monday.

It was the 15th leg of a planned around-the-world flight which began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The Solar Impulse 2's wings, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries.

The plane runs on stored energy at night.

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Piloted by Andre Borschberg, Solar Impulse 2 flies over New York Solar Impulse .

Solar Impulse 2, which flew over the Statue of Liberty on its historic solar-powered global journey Saturday, continues to prove the vast potential of renewable energy, according to pilot Bertrand Piccard.

Related: Solar Impulse 2 makes Statue of Liberty flyby, arrives in New York

The record-breaking plane has travelled 18,540 miles without a single drop of fuel since setting off on the first leg of the trip from Abu Dhabi to Oman in March 2015.

A larger version of a single-seat prototype that first flew six years ago, Solar Impulse 2 is made of carbon fiber and has 17,248 solar cells built into the wing that supply the plane with renewable energy, via four motors.

Other partners include polymer specialist Covestro, which developed a new form of microcell insulation foam for Solar Impulse 2, and chemical firm Solvay, which is providing a number of products, from specialty polymers to lubricants.

All morning, when I was over the Hudson River I felt like a 3-year old kid looking at a Christmas tree, it was so beautiful, said Borschberg, during the press conference.

Kyle Patterson 2016-09-23
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File photo - Bertrand Piccard takes a selfie on board the "Solar Impulse 2" during his flight from Dayton, Ohio to Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pa., where he landed, Wednesday, May 25 2016.

One of the possible spinoffs is to produce an unmanned Solar Impulse to fly 20 kilometers 12.4 miles high in the stratosphere, Solar Impulse Chairman Bertrand Piccard told FoxNews.com during an interview in New York.

It s to provide cheap satellite for Wi-Fi, GSM connections, observation for agriculture – our engineers are working on that now.

Piccard was at the controls of Solar Impulse 2 when it reached Abu Dhabi in July, completing the final leg of the first solar-powered journey around the world.

The plane, which set off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015, traveled 26,744 miles on its odyssey and racked up 558 hours of flight time.

The Solar Impulse chairman took turns with former Swiss military pilot Andre Borschberg to fly the single-seat plane around the world.

Danny Duck 2016-07-11
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Solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 flies after taking off at San Pablo airport in Seville, southern Spain July 11, 2016.

Piloted by Andre Borschberg, the solar-powered plane left Seville Airport at 12:20 a.m. EDT.

Solar Impulse 2 is expected to land at Cairo International Airport, at around 3 a.m. EDT Wednesday after a flight of approximately 2,200 miles.

While Solar Impulse 2 s historic flights across the Pacific and Atlantic were carefully planned around weather conditions, the biggest challenge for the Mediterranean leg is Europe s busy summertime air traffic.

Shortly after leaving Seville, Solar Impulse 2 flew over the Gemasolar Thermasolar plant in Southern Spain, which is partly owned by mission partner Masdar.

What they do is what we do with this airplane – produce energy from renewables.

Frances Buoy 2016-07-24
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In the wee hours of the morning, the Solar Impulse 2 took from Cairo, embarking on the last leg of its round-the-world journey.

The 17th and final part of the trip is set to end in Abu Dhabi, where it first set off from in March 2015.

The last leg of the journey is anticipated to take around 48 hours, at which point pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will have flown a total of 21,748 miles, marking the first such journey for an aircraft of its kind.

Of course, the plane and its pilots are already in the record books a few times over, having secured the record for the longest solo flight from Japan to Hawaii and crossed the Atlantic, both fuel-free.

The pilots anticipate relatively smooth sailing as Piccard takes control one final time.

Though, according to the BBC, the hot, thin air above the region could pose some troubles to the solar plane s motors.

George Patterson 2016-07-25
img

Solar Impulse 2 when it flew over the Pyramids of Egypt during his round the world trip.

The solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 landed early on Tuesday morning in Abu Dhabi, thus concluding the final leg of his trip around the world.

Solar Impulse, the first solar-powered plane has passed a round the world trip without a drop of gasoline.

The final stage took over two days from Cairo.

The trip has been working since March 2015

The plane was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd at the Al Bateen Executive Airport, where the trip even started.

Ralph Miller 2016-07-26
img

The question on everyone s mind: what s going on with Solar Impulse?

For anyone who isn t aware, Solar Impulse is an aeroplane.

She s run using solar power.

Over 17,000 solar cells line its wings, supplying a series of electric motors and charging four on-board lithium batteries.

It s designed to be entirely solar-powered, and, thanks to those batteries, able to fly through day and night.

Solar Impulse s journey started in March of last year, and this baby has hit all the hottest airports – including in the US alone, Pennsylvania s Lehigh Valley International Airport and Dayton, Ohio, managing to make two stops in Arizona.

James Neely 2016-07-13
img

In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016, handout image provided by Solar Impulse, the Solar Impulse 2 flying over the pyramids, Egypt Cairo.

The experimental solar-powered airplane has arrived in Egypt as part of its global voyage.

Jean Revillard, Rezo via the AP

CAIRO — Flying through the haze over the pyramids of Giza, an experimental solar-powered airplane arrived on Wednesday in Egypt as part of its globe-circling voyage.

The Solar Impulse 2 departed from the Seville airport in Spain on Monday and landed at the Cairo International Airport on Wednesday morning.

This leg of the trip had been expected to last about 50 hours and 30 minutes.