In photos: Solar Impulse Flying Around the World

Solar Impulse is a solar aircraft. It is as big as a Boeing 747 in size but weighs only as much as a “family car” as per Bloomberg. The future of aviation is powered by light through solar panels. However, it can still soar in darkness once its batteries are fully charged and have required energy to carry on the flight.

Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse

The aircraft is not supersonic in its nature. While you are reading this post, the plane is currently flying around the world. It is on a long journey which is going to take less than 80 days. The plane can go as high as 27,000 feet at about 45 miles per hour.

In the past, the aircraft has covered vast distances. It was flown across the U.S., in multiple legs in 2013.

Here are some cool snaps of the spectacular aircraft and its pilot as they fly around the globe.

Getting ready for the take off.

Getting ready for the take off.

Flying above the Middle East.

Flying above the Middle East.

In its first attempt to fly around the world, the solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), entered Pakistani air space on Tuesday.

The plane was launched Monday in Abu Dhabi in a landmark journey with an aim to promote green energy.

Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard (left) and his compatriot pilot Andre Borschberg.

Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard (left) and his compatriot pilot Andre Borschberg.

The Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Andre Borschberg of Switzerland, took off at 7:12 am local time from Al-Bateen airport and headed to Muscat, the capital of Oman.

Ref: BI

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