After the Solar Impulse prototype’s 8 world records, when it became the first solar airplane ever to fly through the night, between two continents and across the United States, it is time for Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg to move on to the final phase of the adventure: the 2015 round-the-world flight.
Piccard & Borschberg with Solar Impulse 2
Solar Impulse took off from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates this morning for the first leg of its round-the-world flight, landing at Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. André Borschberg flew the zero-fuel airplane for 13 hours and 1 minute, reaching a maximum altitude of 5,791 m (19,000 ft).
Solar Impulse 2 over Abu Dhabi