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    BBC News; 23 June 2016
    Solar Impulse completes Atlantic crossing with landing in Seville
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    The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, has landed in Spain, completing the Atlantic leg of its historic bid to circumnavigate the globe. The landing in Seville marked the end of the 15th stage of Solar Impulse's route.

    Pilot Bertrand Piccard made swift progress over the ocean after leaving New York on Monday.

    Mission managers will now plot a route to Abu Dhabi where the venture began in March, 2015.

    The project had hoped to end the Atlantic leg in Paris, to echo the pioneering flight in 1927 of Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis aircraft was the first to make the solo crossing..

    Solar Impulse has moved rapidly around the Earth since renewing its challenge in Hawaii on 21 April, 2016.

    In 2015, the plane flew eight stages from Abu Dhabi to Kalaeloa, including a remarkable four-day, 21-hour leg over the western Pacific - the longest solo flight in aviation history in terms of the time it took.

    But it was damage to its batteries on that stage that forced Solar Impulse to then lay up for 10 months, for repairs and to wait for optimum daylight length in the northern hemisphere to return.

    Solar Impulse is covered in 17,000 photovoltaic cells. These either power the vehicle's electric motors directly, or charge its lithium-ion batteries, which sustain the aircraft during the night hours.

    The project is not really intended to be a template for the future of aviation, but rather a demonstration of the capabilities of solar power in general.

    Mr Piccard shares the flying duties with his business partner, Andre Borschberg. The former Swiss air force pilot will take charge for the next leg, across the Mediterranean.
    Full Report @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36598140

    Remarkable feat. Giant wings, spanning 10 feet more than the 747-8 wings.
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    BBC News; 26 July 2016
    Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip
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    The first round-the-world solar powered flight has been completed, after the Solar Impulse aircraft touched down in Abu Dhabi.

    Bertrand Piccard piloted the plane for a final time, steering it safely from the Egyptian capital Cairo to the UAE.

    He has been taking turns at the controls with Swiss compatriot Andre Borschberg, with the mission aiming to promote renewable energy.

    It brings to an end a voyage that began in Abu Dhabi on 9 March last year.

    "The future is clean. The future is you. The future is now. Let's take it further,'' Mr Piccard said, arriving into Abu Dhabi to cheers and applause.

    The 17-stage journey covered some 42,000km, taking in four continents, three seas and two oceans.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36890563

    They sure love arriving in a blaze of lights..

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    Default Re: Solar Impulse 2 Completes Atlantic Crossing

    Perhaps the cyclist is the "Green / Clean" version of a "Follow Me" truck?
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    Default Re: Solar Impulse 2 Completes Atlantic Crossing

    The line lekkies would never get a wink of sleep with all those landing lights...
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    Default Re: Solar Impulse 2 Completes Atlantic Crossing

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy No Mates View Post
    The line lekkies would never get a wink of sleep with all those landing lights...
    ....and the electric engines..
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