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Solar Impulse 2 has completed its second step

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March 10, 2015

Solar Impulse 2 landed safely in Ahmadabad, India, the second step.

 Solar Impulse takes off from Oman on second-leg of record breaking trip

The airplane Solar Impulse 2 (SI2) landed Tuesday, March 10 in India, the second stage of his tour of the historical world without fuel, to promote clean energy.

Party of Muscat Airport, the capital of Oman, at 6:35 local time, the revolutionary device only solar traveled 1465 km in just under 16 hours to Ahmedabad, the main city of the State of Gujarat in western India.

Image Above: Solar Impulse will travel 1465 km in sixteen hours to Ahmedabad in western India. Image Credits: Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse.

The aircraft landed on the airport Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at 11:25 p.m. (5:55 p.m. in Switzerland). Images, broadcast live on the website, show white and blue lights of the aircraft in the night with the approach of Ahmedabad, where he must stay four days.

Applauded Piccard

In the control room, applause rang out to greet the pilot, Bertrand Piccard, who was at the controls for this trip over the Arabian Sea.

Image above: Bertrand Piccard pilot of the SI2 during the second step. Image Credits: Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse.

Eight hours after takeoff, the aircraft entered Pakistani airspace at an altitude of 8,230 meters, according to the Twitter account of the Swiss driver. Earlier, Bertrand Piccard had tweeted: "When I relax, I breathe so slowly that it triggers the alarm in the cockpit."

Bertrand Piccard, 57, noted in the cockpit of his compatriot André Borschberg, 63, who had successfully secured the first step Monday by connecting in 13 hours and two minutes Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates in Muscat.

35,000 kilometers in total

This flight was "moving", said André Borschberg, smiling, on his arrival in Oman. He explained that the trip was taken at 6000 meters above sea level, as it was a short trip.

Solar Impulse 2 landing. Image Credits: Jean Revillard, Solar Impulse

After India, SI2 will travel to Burma before the longest leg of the journey: Five consecutive days of flight to a single driver loaded rally Nanjing, China, the US islands of Hawaii, the Pacific .

In total, the unit will travel 35,000 kilometers at a modest speed (between 50 and 100 km / h), flying over two oceans. This convolution, at 8500 meters at maximum altitude, take five months, including 25 days of actual flight before returning to Abu Dhabi late July / early August.

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Images (mentioned), Video, Text, Credits: SolarImpulse / Euronews / Aerospace.

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