Solar Impulse 2 has completed a round-the-world trip

On July 26, at 00:05 Moscow time, an experimental solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Bertrand Picard, landed at Al Batin airport in the vicinity of Abu Dhabi.

Thus, the round-the-world flight, which began in March 2015, was completed. In honor of the arrival of Solar Impulse 2, a giant UAE flag was raised to the sound of an army brass band.

The final 17th stage kicked off on July 23 from Cairo International Airport. The flight was postponed several times due to technical malfunctions and weather conditions.

The route of the "solar" plane ran over India, China, the Pacific Ocean, the continental United States, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe and the Mediterranean Sea. Overcame 17 stages with a total length of 43, 041 km. The continuous flight time was 23 days.

“This is a historic day for Captain Picard, the Solar Impulse 2 team and all of humanity, ” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said during a communication session with the crew two hours before landing. "I hope the completion of this round-the-world flight will make the world a safer place."