Tuesday 20 March 2018

Solar plane begins trans-Atlantic stretch of global journey

Solar Impulse 2 is flying around the world
Solar Impulse 2 is flying around the world

A solar-powered plane has begun its trans-Atlantic flight on the latest leg of its around-the-world journey.

The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from New York early on Sunday morning.

Bertrand Piccard, who is piloting the aircraft, left at 2.30am local time from John F Kennedy International Airport and will be landing in Seville Airport in Spain some three days later.

The Solar Impulse 2's wings, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. The plane runs on stored energy at night.

The trip began in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Stops were made in Oman, Burma, China and Japan.

Press Association

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