Successful Tests Flights for Solar Impulse 2 in Abu Dhabi

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Successful Tests Flights for Solar Impulse 2 in Abu Dhabi

Successful Tests Flights for Solar Impulse 2 in Abu Dhabi

(Abu Dhabi) – Solar Impulse 2, the solar aircraft of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, soared across the skies of Abu Dhabi during its first test flights in the emirate.
With Piccard and Borschberg taking turns in the cockpit, the revolutionary single-seater sustainable aircraft will attempt the solar-powered flight around the world beginning this March from Abu Dhabi. Si2, the first airplane able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel, has successfully completed its maiden flight in the capital.
For 4 hours, professional test pilot Markus Scherdel tested the aircraft’s performance in the skies in the early morning. Following the initial test flight, Solar Impulse co-founder, CEO, and pilot Andre Borschberg, took to the skies of Abu Dhabi with Si2 for a full day test flight. They soared above Abu Dhabi landmarks including Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Corniche and Eastern Mangroves .The initial results are in line with calculations and simulations.
For pilots Piccard and Borschberg, and their team of engineers, the purpose of these first test flights in Abu Dhabi were to test the aircraft’s performance and viability in a new environment with varied weather conditions. These flights were Si2’S first flights following the plane’s disassembly in Switzerland and reassembly in the emirate. There are several additional test flights scheduled for the coming week in order for the team and the aircraft to prepare to circumnavigate the world.
(Courtesy WAM)