A renewable energy airplane crossed the largest ocean in the world in 2015.
SI2 is a solar-powered aircraft which landed in Hawaii at 5:55 a.m. local time after a non-stop flight of 118 hours across the Pacific Ocean, breaking records in an important demonstration for the aviation world. It was a major advance not only for aviation but also to the spread of clean energy.
The 8,674 kilometer flight was achieved thanks to the use of 17,000 solar cells on the wings, which was the longest and treacherous trip of the Impulse 2.
The round trip to the world has a total of 13 stages, with start and finish in Abu Dhabi
It is also unheard of for a plane to fly five days in a row. The Swiss pilot, André Borschberg, had planned to sleep 10 to 20 minute cycles over the five days, eventually sleeping less due to various turbulent situations.
The plane, which weighs the same as a car, has the size of a Boeing 747 and flew overboard at speeds of between 50 and 100 km/h.
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft did not use any fossil fuel during the trip and went exactly as planned.