Solar Plane "SOLAR IMPULSE 2" to land in AHMEDABAD and VARANASI !!!

Yes, you heard it right the Swiss technological marvel named Solar Impulse 2 is probably the world’s first successful plane that runs completely on solar power which will land on the 2 cities of India, Ahmedabad and Varanasi.

Solar Impulse 2, that can fly for hours in the day and night without any aviation fuel will touch down next April at Ahmedabad and Varanasi.

While the aircraft can rise to a height of 9,000 meters during day time, its speed is limited to a maximum of 110 kilometers per hour in favorable winds.
The normal speed is between 45 to 75 kilometers per hour and in tail wind, it can go up to 110 kilometers.

Solar Impulse 2, which weighs as much as a car at 2,300kg, will begin its trip in a few days, making stopovers at Ahmedabad and Varanasi in India, after taking off from Abu Dhabi.

The probable launch is on March 8, but will depend on weather conditions.

From Varanasi, it will fly to Mandalay in Myanmar and Chongqing in China before reaching the US. 

Till now, Solar Impulse has made a number of test flights including a 26-hour flight in July 2010 with nine hours of night flying, an inter-continental 19-hour flight from Madrid to Pabat in Morocco and a cross-US flight from California to Arizona.

The Solar Impulse has cost $150 million and took 13 years ago of feasibility studies, design and construction.

While the Solar Impulse 2 was put together in Payerne in Switzerland, its crew comprising 80 technicians and engineers are camping in Abu Dhabi since January.

Adventurer Bertrand Piccard, one of the first balloonists to circle the earth, and MIT graduate Andre Boschberg — the Swiss co-founders and pilots of Solar Impulse 2 -will fly 35,000km day and night across the world, with stopovers at just 12 locations, without using a drop of fuel

Andre Borschberg, a graduate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a pilot by passion, said the wings of the aircraft, which have more than 1700 solar cells, have a span bigger than a Jumbo Jet but weights lighter than a van. 
"Two-thirds of the aircraft weight is made up of batteries.

Andre said while the normal aircraft need either refueling or maintenance after around 12 hours of flight, the solar-powered plane can be operated for 120 hours non-stop.


  • The single-seater aircraft, made of carbon fiber and christened Solar Impulse 2, has a 72-meter wingspan (larger than that of the Boeing 747)
  • It weights 2,300 kg, equivalent to that of a car.
  • The 17,248 solar cells built into the wing supply electric motors (17.5 CV each) with renewable energy.
  • The cells recharge four lithium batteries, totaling 633 kg each (together weighing about quarter of the plane's weight) , which allow the aircraft to fly at night and therefore have virtually unlimited autonomy.

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