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Solar plane nears end of trip (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains paper III, Topic : Science and Technology developments)

About Solar Impulse 2 Journey
The Solar Impulse 2 has become the first sun-powered airplane to circle the globe without a drop of fuel to promote renewable energy by touching down in Abu Dhabi.It has covered 42,000-km journey across four continents, two oceans and three seas.

With Swiss explorer and project director Bertrand Piccard in the cockpit, the plane has landed at Al-Bateen Executive Airport in the UAE capital where it was launched its tour on March 9, 2015.
Mr. Borschberg smashed the record for the longest uninterrupted journey in aviation history with the 8,924-km flight between Nagoya, Japan and Hawaii that lasted nearly 118 hours.

About Solar Impulse 2  aircraft
Dubbed the “paper plane,” the Solar Impulse 2 is circumnavigating the globe in stages, with Piccard and his compatriot Andre Borschberg taking turns at the controls of the single-seat aircraft.
No heavier than a car but with the wingspan of a Boeing 747, the four-engine battery-powered aircraft relies on around 17,000 solar cells embedded in its wings.Its broad wings and light weight make it particularly sensitive to turbulence.The plane has clocked an average speed of 80 km per hour. 



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