Solar Impulse 2 flying over the Mediterranean on 11 and 12 July

From the Spanish city of Seville to the airport of the Egyptian capital is the next stage of the round the world flight of the aircraft Solar Impulse 2 (Si2). It will be piloted by André Borschberg. The plane took off from the international airport of Seville 04:20 AM UTC today, July 11. The plane is expected to land in Cairo 48 hours after departure from Spain.

The Mediterranean Sea will be the last sea over which the plane will fly and with the next stage it will close its round the world tour.

The experimental plane came to Spain after a flight from New York made only with direct energy from photovoltaic panels.

Solar Impulse 2 performs in stages its 35,400-mile round the world journey as Bertrand Piccard and the other Swiss pilot André Borschberg rotate on the pilot’s seat in the one-seat aircraft.

Borschberg piloted the 6437-kilometer flight from Japan to Hawaii, which lasted 118 hours and set a new record for longest sustained flight in the history of aviation.

The flight Seville – Cairo is expected to be the last to be carried out by Borshberg for the project that lasted two summer seasons. The trip began on March 9, 2015, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and is expected to finish back there. The plane’s only source of energy is the light from the sun that is converted into electrical energy. It is used directly in the four electric motors that power four propellers. Photovoltaic panels also charge batteries for night flights.

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