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Solar Impulse 2 makes successful landing in Spain after trans-Atlantic trip!

The trans-Atlantic trip was one of the aircraft's toughest sections in its round-the-world flight.


Solar Impulse 2 makes successful landing in Spain after trans-Atlantic trip!
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New Delhi: The Solar Impulse project's Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed its Atlantic leg today, after it made a successful landing in Seville, Spain.

The three-day trip began on Monday from New York.

For those who aren't in the know, the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is a fully solar-powered, single seater with more than 17,0000 solar cells built in to wings and which possesses a wingspan of 72 meters – exceeding that of a Boeing 747.

The trans-Atlantic trip was one of the aircraft's toughest sections in its round-the-world flight. Starting its journey in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the aircraft completed eight stages of its trip, after which, its batteries experienced thermal damage that took months to repair.

Solar Impulse 2 resumed the circumnavigation in April this year, when it flew to California, continued across the United States until it reached New York City and ended its trans-Atlantic leg today, in Spain.

As per reports in BBC, mission managers will now plot a route to Abu Dhabi where the venture began in March, 2015.

This last section of the flight will be split into two or three legs. Greece and Egypt have been highlighted as possible pit-stops, but as with previous legs, this final journey will depend on the weather, according to The Verge.

From Zee News

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