Airplane on solar power Solar Impulse 2, circling the globe, finished next stage. Experimental aircraft successfully flew across the Atlantic Ocean and landed in Seville, Spain.
Flight of Solar Impulse 2 from New York to Europe lasted approximately 3 days. During this time, airplane flew almost 6,3 thousand kilometers. Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard was at the helm of plane.
Airplane do not use fuel, because it has enough solar power. Energy is generated by solar batteries, established on board. Amount of power is quite enough for hours-long flights, even if weather conditions leave much to be desired.
— Bertrand PICCARD (@bertrandpiccard) June 23, 2016
In Twitter-account of project, you can find video with the moment, when airplane was landing in Spain.
— SOLAR IMPULSE (@solarimpulse) June 23, 2016
Airplane on solar power is circling the globe
Final destination of world tour is Abu Dhabi in UAE, where Solar Impulse 2 has started its tour in March 2015. In July 2015 airplane made a flight across the Pacific Ocean. At that moment, it beat its own record: aircraft on solar power was in the air uninterruptedly during 106 hours. However, in the time of flight from Japan to Hawaii, solar cell panels of aircraft got injuries because of overheating.
Elimination of malfunctions and new testing took 9 months.
Ecological airplane was produced by French company Dassault Systemes. Shoulder wing of airplane is covered with 17,2 thousand of solar batteries, which produce power for aircraft electric motor. Airplane speed is from 50 to 100 km per hour depending on weather conditions. The goal of world tour of Solar Impulse 2 is not creation of applied models of solar airplanes, but the demonstration of possibilities of alternative sources of power.