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First Solar-powered Flight Across The Atlantic

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Posted July 4, 2016

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Solar Impulse 2 has flown into the history as it completed the first solar-powered flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The single-seater aircraft touched down in Seville, Spain and over 71 hours after it left JFK airport in New York. Covering a distance of 6,765 km, this crossed the Atlantic Ocean without a single drop of fuel. This is not a first for aviation, but definitely a first for clean technology.

This flight is took a total flight time of 71 hours and 8 minutes to make it across the pond to Europe on the round-the-world solar flights. The timing of the flight was forced by an approaching cold front, which could have delayed takeoff. The aircraft reached a maximum altitude of 8,534 m and managed an average speed of 95 km/h.

The video below recaps the transatlantic flight.

 

Source: Solar Impulse

 

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