2015 will be the year for Solar Impulse and us. Solar Impulse sets out on its epic voyage around the world. The trip will take five months; last 500 hours total flight time; cross 35,000 km and land in 12 locations across the world.
After the 8 world records set by the Solar Impulse prototype, 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 ultimate phase of the adventure: the 2015 round-the-world flight.
Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the first solar powered plane able to fly day and night, will land in 12 locations across the world in the first attempt to fly around the globe without using a drop of fuel. The adventure will span approximately 25 flight days, spread over 5 months and cover approximately 35,000 kilometers at speeds between 50 and 100 km/h.
Si2 will take-off from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, in late February or early March, 2015. The route includes stops: in Muscat (Oman), Ahmedabad and Varanasi (India), Mandalay (Myanmar), and Chongqing and Nanjing (China). After crossing the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, Si2 will fly across the continental U.S.A. stopping in three locations including Phoenix, and New York City. The third location will be in the Midwest, depending on weather conditions. After crossing the Atlantic, the final legs include a stop-over in Southern Europe or North Africa before arriving back in Abu Dhabi by late July or early August 2015.
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