Solar Impulse was the first solar-powered plane that made history after it flew a non-stoppable flight from Madrid to Rabat and then back to the starting destination in 2012. This flight of Solar Impulse made it clear that the solar-powered flight is also possible at night, under right conditions. And after viewing the success of Solar Impulse, its second version Solar Impulse 2 has been tested for round-the-world flight.

Start of the journey

 Start of the journey

If you have a little interest in the field of technology, then you will be well aware of the Solar Impulse and Solar Impulse 2. Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi in the month of March 2015 and it completed the world journey in July 2016. Thus, it took more than a year to complete the whole world flight by this solar-powered aircraft.  The aircraft weighs 2.3 tonnes and was piloted by a Swiss adventurer named Bertrand Picard and one of his associates- Andre Borschberg, who is also an adventurer, pilot, and businessman. Both of them managed to spend about 23 days in the air by piloting the craft turn by turn. The flight of this solar-powered aircraft that was powered by 72000 solar cells were challenged by the overheating batteries, fatigue cases, and the adverse weather conditions. But, the successful journey has become the landmark historical moment.

Difficulties in the Solar Impulse 2 journey

 Difficulties in the Solar Impulse 2 journey

Talking about the difficulties of the flight, there were both mechanical as well as financial difficulties. It is due to these difficulties that the flight had to be grounded in Hawaii in the winter 2015 and the overheating batteries caused trouble in 2016. The confined flight cabin, that has a single pilot seat with a built-in toilet, made the flying process highly difficult.  Greater difficulties were experienced during the last leg of the journey which was from Cairo to Abu Dhabi. Air turbulence made it difficult for the pilots maintain balance.

Still a great achievement for the pilots

 Still a great achievement for the pilots

Though the flight has undergone some difficulties, still it has let the pilots get the great feelings of achievement as they travel round the earth in the first solar-powered aircraft. Picard, one of the two Solar Impulse 2 pilots, said that now he is really interested in creating a world council for clean and cost-effective technologies that would not do any harm to the Mother Nature. He said that solar energy is the best alternative energy to help to combat the problem of climate change.  Picard and Brian Jones have successfully completed the Solar Impulse project and before that, they had made a record to be the first person to fly a high altitude balloon around the earth. That journey in the high altitude balloon happened in March 1999 and lasted 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes.However, piloting this plane was not about making a record, but it was about showing the various possibilities of using the clean technology.


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