The long journey of Solar Impulse 2 is finally over. The solar power plane landed in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday and it completed a 25,000-mile round the world journey without spending a single drop of fuel.
Swiss pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, kept their carbon-fiber aircraft up in the air for 26 days of total airtime, broken up into 17 phases that began and ended in Dubai. The entire circumnavigation took over a year, beginning on March 9, 2015, and over that time broke the record for the longest solo uninterrupted flight.
The Solar Impulse is a single-seater, so the two men have shared the flying by taking different legs of the journey.
"What I'd like to show with my team is that clean technology today is showing incredible goals. You can fly now longer without fuel than with fuel, and you fly with the force of nature, you fly with the sun. It's a new era now for energy and this is really what we'd like to inspire people to do," Piccard said.
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg
This is not the first time plane appeared in the record book. It was the first plane to cross the Atlantic without using a fuel. The aircraft was piloted also by Piccard.
The revolutionary voyage, which the team labeled a "13-year exploit," demonstrates the biggest exploration of energy-efficient batteries and clean technology that could potentially alter the way we travel.
"The future is clean. The future is you. The future is now. Let's take it further,' Piccard said, concluding the 13-year exploit.
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