SolarImpulse - Around The World patch.
July 13, 2016
Today, André Borschberg’s legacy at Solar Impulse will be remembered as he closed Solar Impulse’s penultimate flight of the round-the-world tour with a flyover of the epic Egyptian Pyramids. He landed in Cairo, Egypt on July 13th at 05:10 UTC, 06:10AM CET, 01:10AM EDT after 48 hours and 50 minutes of flight from his takeoff in Seville, Spain.
At 3:00 UTC on July 13th, Solar Impulse will fly above the epic Egyptian pyramids at sunrise, while its solar cells absorb the first sun rays.
It is still a bit of a mystery why the Egyptian pyramids were built. But we always like to speculate about history. The shape of the pyramids is thought to represent the descending sun’s rays. Originally, the structures were thought to have been covered in a white limestone with a gold and silver finish on the top. The sun has always been a symbol of strength and today Solar Impulse is using it for it’s power - the power to fly emission-free using clean technology.
LEG 16: Solar Impulse Airplane - Landing in Cairo
Today, the sun’s rays are reaching Solar Impulse 2 both from above and below before landing in Cairo, Egypt for André Borschberg’s final landing with Si2 on the round-the-world solar flights. This is a monumental finish to celebrate André’s journey that was filled with both challenges and miracles. We will be communicating with you about it live on http://solarimpulse.com.
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