Record flight attempt raises hopes for a solar and superbattery revolution
|The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on a test flight. Photo: Solar Impulse Project|
Mission impossible. That is what the Swiss inventors and pilots Betrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg heard again and again when they first came up with the audacious idea of a solar-powered aircraft. And that such an aircraft could fly around the world? Preposterous.
|The Solar Impulse 2 plane takes off for a trip around the world from Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 9, 2015. The trip will take the Solar Impulse 2 to Oman, India, Myanmar and China. The plane will then cross the Pacific to Hawaii and on to the US mainland. Following a flight across the Atlanic and over the Mediterranean region, the pilots are planning to return to the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Photo: Ali Haider/EPA|
The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy took off on the morning of March 9 from Abu Dhabi, heading for India and then on to Mandalay, Myanmar, in a landmark journey aimed at promoting green energy.
|Solar Impulse CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg talks to media during a press conference at Abu Dhabi airport on 20 Jan. 2015 as part of World Future Energy Summit during a press conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 20 January 2015. Photo: EPA|
Myanmar is on the list of landing points for the first attempted around the world solar-powered flight, it was announced at the Solar Impulse team press conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE on January 20.