Solar Impulse 2 lands in Chongqing, China

Solar Impulse 2 (SI-2), the world's first solar-powered plane, landed in China, completing the fifth leg of its circumnavigation.

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2015, 00:16 AM IST
Solar Impulse 2 lands in Chongqing, China

Chongqing: Solar Impulse 2 (SI-2), the world's first solar-powered plane, landed in China, completing the fifth leg of its circumnavigation.

With Bertrand Piccard at the controls,the plane touched down in Chongqing in China about 9.40pm UAE time after flying 1,375 kilometres from Mandalay.

 

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. 

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.