ABU DHABI: Making revolution with solar technology a solar-powered plane took off from Abu Dhabi on Monday, done its first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.
Andre Borschberg Solar Impulse founder was at the controls of the single-seater and it launched from the Al Bateen Executive Airport. According to Swiss pilots aim is to create awareness about replacing old polluting technologies with clean and efficient technologies. Muscat, Oman are the expected to reach its destination to be reached after about 10 hours of flight. In time mean five or six straight days it was flying solo over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Totally 17,248 solar cells were built into the wing that supply the plane with renewable energy. Four lithium polymer batteries are placed to recharge solar cells and lightweight Solar Impulse with a larger version of a single-seat prototype used five years ago made up of carbon.
The plane has a (236-foot) 72-meter wingspan, more than that of the Boeing 747, carrying weighs about as much as a car at around 2,300 kilograms as per company sources. The plane heading to China and Myanmar across the Pacific and stopping in Hawaii. Followed by Phoenix, Arizona, and New York’s John F Kennedy International airport.
Also, the plane will head to India after completing it flew in Oman, where it will make two stops. The path across the Atlantic will depend on the weather and could include a stop in southern Europe or Morocco and final destination in Abu Dhabi.