London: Solar Impulse 2 (SI-2), the world's first solar-powered plane, had left Myanmar for Chongqing, China early Monday, on the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight.
Hours after it took off from Mandalay in Myanmar, Solar Impulse twitted on its official Twitter page that the fuel-free plane had entered the Chinese aerospace and it will take another 11 hours of flight before landing in Chongqing.
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With Bertrand Piccard at the controls, the plane took off from Mandalay in just after 21:00 GMT on Sunday, and is now heading for Chongqing, where after making a brief stop, it`ll try to reach Nanjing, the BBC reported.
Leg five involves a travel of long distance about 1,375km, which might take around 19 hours.
The Swiss-based project is aimed to complete the circumnavigation of the globe in a total of 12 legs, with a return to the Emirate in a few months` time.
Solar Impulse has already set two world records for manned solar-powered flight, as no solar-powered plane has ever flown around the world, with the first longest distance covered on a single journey being of 1,468km between Muscat, Oman, and Ahmedabad, India.
The second was for a groundspeed of 117 knots (216km/h; 135mph), which was achieved during the leg into Mandalay, Myanmar, from Varanasi, India.
The plane has a wingspan of 72m, which is bigger than that of a 747 jumbo jet airliner, however, it weighs 2.3 merely tonnes.
Its four propellers are dependent on the electricity from 17,000 solar cells that line the top of the wings.
During the night, it runs on the excess energy generated and stored during the day in lithium-ion batteries.
From Chongqing it will depart for the eastern coastal city of Nanjing before embarking on the most arduous leg of its journey, an 8,172-kilometre, 120-hour odyssey across the Pacific to Hawaii.
(With ANI Inputs)