After years of planning, the solar-powered aeroplane Solar Impulse 2 has successfully started its round the world trip. If everything goes to plan, it will become the first aircraft to fly around the globe without a single drop of fuel.
The image above shows Solar Impulse 2 having just taken off from Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, yesterday. The image below shows the view from the ground as it first took flight.
With 17,000 solar panels on the aeroplane’s wing to charge a 942kg lithium battery, it can cruise at rather slow 142km/h. That means that the entire trip will take take around five months. Hardly adrenaline-fuelled — but at least it’s off to a successful start.
Pictures: Solar Impulse/AP