The world’s first solar-powered plane has landed in Abu Dhabi after completing its 40,000km trip around the world, which took more than 16 months. Spending more than 23 days in the air it has crossed pacific and Atlantic oceans.
The plane carries more than 17,000 solar cells and has relied entirely on this renewable energy source to complete its journey. These panels are used to charge the planes batteries during daylight making up one quarter of the aircrafts weight, and by night ran off the battery-stored energy.
Solar Impulse 2's huge wingspan of 236 foot makes it bigger than the Boeing 747 although it only carried two pilots. The team also beat the record for longest uninterrupted journey in flight history by flying a stretch of 4,000 miles from Japan to Hawaii taking around 118 hours!
Hopefully this amazing feat has opened the eyes of the public and commerce towards an alternative and sustainable transportation future.