An Abu Dhabi airport welcomes the Solar Impulse 2 plane as it lands from its journey around the world. This remarkable journey helps the Solar Impulse 2 make its way in to the record books being the in several aspects. The Solar impulse 2 is a plane made out of carbon fiber which is solar powered by panels that have up to 17,248 solar cells to generate the plane. For night traveling the aircraft is able to recharge four lithium polymer batteries through the solar cells installed on the plane.
With one model prior to the impulse 2, modifications have made it to be one of its kind. In doing so it made it sturdier, more agile and more effective to traveling longer distances. This journey was completed with total of 558 hours of flight and the total distance traveled summed up to up to be approximately 26,744 miles. There were two Swiss pilots conducting this aircraft Andre Borschberg alongside the chairman of Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard. Borsch was able to shatter through other world records while on this journey. He managed to pilot the air craft for an approximate 76 hours and 45 minutes without refueling once. Followed by completing a 4480-mile ride from Japan to Hawaii in an astonishing 118-hour flight.
As successful as the journey was, it encountered minor problems along the way. During its stretch to Japan some issues arose with the planes battery to delay the voyage by 9 months. All in all, the voyage made several stops in many destinations all over the world before completing.
” Prior to its flight from Cairo to Abu Dhabi, Solar Impulse 2 made stops in Oman, India, Myanmar, China, Japan, Hawaii, California, Phoenix, Tulsa, Dayton, Lehigh Valley, New York and Seville.”
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