In the first attempt to fly around the globe without a fuel drop, On Monday, two Swiss pilots from Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) flew to Oman in a solar-powered air-craft , this is the first leg of a Great effort put by Solar Impulse Team to complete the very first solar flight to make a round about the world.
Solar Impulse 2 consists of two Pilots, they are the biggest driving force of this Solar Powered- Aircraft
1) BERTRAND PICCARD , Chairman, Pilot and Initiator of Solar Impulse Team.
2) ANDRE BORSCHBERG, Co-Founder, CEO ( Chief Executive Officer) and Pilot of Solar Impulse 2
The ultralight air-craft, the Solar Impulse 2, amounts 17,000+ solar cells on top of its 236-foot wings (approximately 71.9328 meters). Its Wings are larger than Boeing 747, whereas it weighs almost the weight of a car at around 2,300 kgs (approximately 5070.63 pounds). It also consists 4 Lithium-Polymer Batteries which store the energy during the day-time and it will power the air-craft at night-time. The First solar plane that is Solar Impulse 1 successfully crossed the United States America (USA).
The two pilots of this Solar Impulse 2, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, will fly across the glode over next 5 months Time. Top speed of this Solar-powered air craft is 43 miles per hour, so the Journey to cover the Globe is going to be a slow journey.
The Journey is divided into 12 Legs as Follows:
Leg 1: Abu Dhabi (UAE) to Muscat (Oman)
Leg 2: Muscat (Oman) to Ahmedabad (India)
Leg 3: Ahmedabad (India, Gujarat) to Varanasi (India, Uttar Pradesh)
Leg 4: Varanasi (India, Uttar Pradesh) to Mandalay (Burma).
There are some Legs of the Journey of this Solar Impulse-2 such as to fly over the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic ocean which will take five to six straight days of flying in the air.
Leg 5: Mandalay (Burma) to Chongqing (China)
Leg 6: Chongqing (China) to Nanjing (China)
Leg 7: Nanjing (China) to Hawaii (USA)
Leg 8: Hawaii (USA) to Phoenix (USA)
Leg 9: Phoenix (USA) to MID. USA
Leg 10: MID. USA to New York
Leg 11: New York to Europe/ N-Africa
Leg12 : Europe/N-Africa to Abu Dhabi