The Plane named as “Solar Impulse 2” with Andre Borschberg as Pilot and Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland as Co Pilot of plane. Abu Dhabi, capital city of the United Arab Emirates, will be the start and finish of the first solar powered flight around the world.
Specification of Solar Impulse 2 (SI2)
|No. of Solar Cells||17248|
|No. of Propellers and Batteries||4|
|Total Energy produced from Abu Dhabi to Hawaii||5644 kWh|
|Maximum Flight time achieved||117 hrs 52 m|
|Max. Altitude||28,000 ft|
|Max. Air Speed||75km/h|
|Max. Recorded Air Ground Speed||216 km/h|
|Fuel Consupmtion||0 L|
History About Solar Impulse 2 – In 2015 started the attempt of the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, from Abu Dhabi to Hawaii, already achieving the longest solo solar flight ever achieved in aviation history. Across the Round-The-World flight, the team must overcome technical, human and operational challenges that have never been faced before.
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, our two Pilots and Founders, will continue to fly around the world with no fuel in 2016. With their solar aircraft, a flying laboratory full of clean technologies, they will continue to promote the use of renewable energies and energy efficiency on the ground, for a better quality of life.
Solar Plane (Solar Impulse 2) SI2 Route Map
Where to start from, when, and where to go?
Because it is not possible to fly over oceans and continents in a single attempt, the solar airplane is doing its round-the-world flight in a total of about ten stages. These stops give the plane respite before setting off again. They also allow the pilots to take over from each other, as the plane is a singleseater: the only seat in the cockpit is the one for the person at the controls.
To determine the flight path that Solar Impulse will take in the sky, many factors must be considered: weather, air traffic areas, also the height of the land to be flown over and the performance of the airplane. A team of engineers and meteorologists based in Monaco Mission Control Center (MCC) determines the best route for the plane and then prepares the flight plan. Once the route is chosen, overflight and landing clearances must be negotiated for each country.
Distance to travel: 35,000 km (22,000 miles)
- Number of flight hours to be completed: 500
- Cruising speed: between 45 km/h (28 mph) and 90 km/h (56 mph) (depending on altitude)
- Number of stages planned: 10 Oceans overflown: 2, the Pacific and the Atlantic
- Regions: Arabian Sea, India, Myanmar, China, the Pacific Ocean, the United States, the Atlantic Ocean, Southern Europe and North Africa
- Mission duration: 5 months on two years
- Support team: 60 people
- Pilots: Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, a tandem that will take turns at the controls of the plane