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18 March 2015
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New version of solar plane named "Solar Impulse 2" is set to make record by flying around the world without a drop of fuel. Their aim is to create awareness about replacing “old polluting technologies with clean and efficient technologies.” The Si2 aircraft, propelled solely by the sun’s energy, is a single-seater made of carbon fiber and has 17-thousand-248 solar cells that supply the plane with renewable energy.

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Solar-powered plane hides inside more than 17,000 solar cells built into wings, 4 electric motors, and 4 lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 41 kWh each. Wings are 72 metres (236 feet) and are longer than a jumbo, approaching length of the wings on Airbus A380 superjumbo. The innovative designed allowed for aircraft to be only 2.3 tonnes. The solar-powered plane is able to travel around 50-100 kilometres per hour. The pilots will be using the slowest speed at night, so they can prevent the batteries from draining too quickly. Swiss pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard co-founded Solar Impulse in 2005.

The Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), a completely fuelless solar-powered plane, took off at 7:12am local Abu Dhabi time (11:12 PM EST on Sunday, March 8) from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates marking the beginning of the first leg of its round-the-world flight. After the solar-powered plane successfully lands in Muscat, it will have 12 another stops on a epic journey. This journey will last around 5 months with a flight time of around 25 days and the solar-powered plane will cross Arabian see to India. After that it will head to Myanmar, China, Hawaii and New York.

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