Solar-powered plane embarks on round-the-world flight

The Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), a completely fuelless solar-powered plane, took off from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates this morning, beginning the first leg of its round-the-world flight.

Swiss pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard co-founded Solar Impulse in 2005 and, if their mission is successful, they will be the first to make a powered flight around the globe entirely with renewable energy.

Although it minimizes fuel costs, the Solar Impulse 2 isn’t the speediest method of travel. The craft landed at its first destination, Muscat, Oman, 10 hours after departing from the UAE, a flight that typically takes a little over an hour on a commercial jet. READ MORE.