Round the World Flights 2016

Around the world Flights 2016

Fly around the world in a solar-powered plane. Taylor Alan; July 26, 2016; 28 photos; In focus.

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After the circumnavigation of the world, today's airplane writes environmental protection stories.

After landing in Abu Dhabi early Tuesday, it made its first round-the-world round-trip trip in a solar-powered aircraft. At the end of the masterpiece, designed to demonstrate the full power of renewables, the last stage was a turbulent, rough stage propelled by warm scorching sand, which left the solopilot Bertrand Piccard struggling with the checks.

This aircraft, which has a wing span larger than a Boeing 747 and more than 17,000 photovoltaic panels on its wing, began its round-the-world flight in Abu Dhabi in March 2015. "Hopefully folks will realize that this is not only a premiere in the story of aeronautics, but also a premiere in the story of energy," he said.

Using natural light, the modules recharged the aircraft's battery, which makes up a fourth of the 2.3-ton vehicle. André Borschberg took turns with Bertrand to take the 16 stages of the trip, spent up to five nights in the non-heated and unpressurized cab, had only a brief nap and the individual chair also served as a bathroom.

The longest stage, 4,000 nautical miles over the Pacific from Japan to Hawaii, was flown by Borschberg, beating the longest continuous voyage in the annals of air travel. Both Piccard and Borschberg are experienced adventure seekers. In 1999 Piccard made the first non-stop round-the-world ballon trip, while Borschberg, a former combat aircraft driver of the air force, had deadly hair removal from an air raid and a chopper accident.

It was not the goal of the adventuresolar Impulse to design solar-powered airplanes for a wide range of applications, but to demonstrate the potential of renewables. "It flew more than 40,000 kilometres without petrol, but with an infinite reserve of power and inspirations. It is a historical event for Captain Piccard and the Solar Impulse staff, but also a historical event for people.

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