Solar Impulse To Halt In Gujarat; World’s First Solar-Powered Aircraft

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The world is looking at alternate fuel sources for mobility purposes. Now the world's very first solar-powered aircraft has been developed. It has been christened as the ‘Solar Impulse' and it has been set on its maiden journey around the globe.

Since it is a solar-powered aircraft, it cannot complete the journey during the dark. The aircraft has to make scheduled stops for safety and various other reasons. Solar Impulse will will commence its journey from Abu Dhabi in UAE and will make its first stop at Muscat in Oman. It is then scheduled to make a halt in Ahmedabad, India.

Solar Impulse is the world's first aircraft to run on solar-power. It is a single-seater aircraft and it is made completely out of carbon fibre for weight reduction purposes. It is capable of flying during the day as well as in the night.

The aircraft will begin its journey from Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates. Solar Impulse is on a mission to travel around the globe without using a single drop of fossil fuel. It will be one of the cleanest aircrafts in terms of pollution.

Solar Impulse will make its first halt in Muscat, Oman after which it will make a scheduled stop in Ahmedabad, India. In India, founders of the aircraft Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will meet several NGOs and Government officials to spread the message of clean and sustainable future.

The world's first solar-powered aircraft has a wingspan of 72 metres. Since it is made of carbon fibre the aircraft weighs only 2,300 kilograms. It currently can accommodate a single individual in it, which means there is space only for the pilot.

The Solar Impulse also packs in 17,248 solar cells across its wings, which converts solar energy to electric energy and is stored for night flying. This aircraft is carrying four lithium polymer batteries each weighing 633 kilograms. Technically, this aircraft can be flown in the skies forever as it does not need any sort of refuelling.

After its stops in Ahmedabad and Varanasi in India, the aircraft will set out on its around the globe mission. Solar Impulse will head out to Mandalay in Myanmar and Chongqing, Nanjing in China. It will then cross the Pacific Ocean, passing by the island of Hawaii. It is then scheduled to stop in Phoenix and New York in the United States of America.

We wish more and more of these solar-powered aircrafts are introduced soon. The Solar Impulse was tested for the very first time in United States during 2013. Stay tuned for more updates from the world's first solar-powered aircraft.

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Story first published: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 13:36 [IST]
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