First ever solar, zero-emission plane to cross Atlantic Ocean

Published on : Thursday, June 23, 2016

solar impulseSolar Impulse 2 (Si2) – the solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg made history by crossing the Atlantic without a single drop of fuel.

 

Pilot Betrand Piccard was flanked by an honor guard from the Spanish formation flying team Patrulla Aguila as the plane flew into the southern Spanish city of Seville.

 

Piccard had been preparing for the flight for “years and years,” saying he’d been long inspired by the pioneers who wanted to cross the Atlantic to prove their way of transportation was mature.

 

The transatlantic flight covered a distance of 6’765 km (4’203 miles) powered only by the sun, confirming Solar Impulse’s vision that clean technologies and renewable energy can achieve the impossible.   After a historic flight of three days and three nights that took off from New York on 20 June, and average speed of 95.10 km/h, completing the first ever electric, solar and emission-free transatlantic flight is a new landmark in the aviation industry.

 

The plane — powered 100% by the sun — has now completed 15 legs of its journey.

 

For centuries, the Atlantic Ocean has been a playground for explorers with diverse means of transportation – sail and steamboats, airplanes, airships, balloons and even windsurfs. After crossing the Atlantic, Borschberg is now scheduled to fly to Egypt, and Piccard will likely pilot the plane on the final, historic leg from there back to Abu Dhabi.

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