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India: Solar Impulse continues on course for record-breaking flight01:23

India: Solar Impulse continues on course for record-breaking flight

India, Ahmedabad
March 18, 2015 at 10:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

After a slight delay, the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft successfully departed from Ahmedabad on Wednesday, continuing its journey on the first ever round-the-world solar flight.

At first it was uncertain if the aircraft would be able to take off as its departure had been blocked due to an administrative delay. Customs was waiting for a piece of paper that had to be signed off by Solar Impulse and the airport traffic control would not authorise the departure until the issue with the paper was resolved.

Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg take alternate turns in steering the aircraft, which has a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), over 35,000 km (21,700 miles). The Solar Impulse 2 has a wingspan of 72 metre (236 foot), which is wider than a 747 jumbo jet, but weighs only 2.3 tonnes. It contains 17,000 solar cells on top of wings which load lithium-ion batteries used for night-time flying.

The Solar Impulse route includes stop overs in Oman, India, Myanmar, China, the U.S.A. and Southern Europe or North Africa before returning to Abu Dhabi. One of the aims of the world record attempt is to spread a campaigning message about clean technologies.

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After a slight delay, the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft successfully departed from Ahmedabad on Wednesday, continuing its journey on the first ever round-the-world solar flight.

At first it was uncertain if the aircraft would be able to take off as its departure had been blocked due to an administrative delay. Customs was waiting for a piece of paper that had to be signed off by Solar Impulse and the airport traffic control would not authorise the departure until the issue with the paper was resolved.

Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg take alternate turns in steering the aircraft, which has a top speed of 100 km/h (62 mph), over 35,000 km (21,700 miles). The Solar Impulse 2 has a wingspan of 72 metre (236 foot), which is wider than a 747 jumbo jet, but weighs only 2.3 tonnes. It contains 17,000 solar cells on top of wings which load lithium-ion batteries used for night-time flying.

The Solar Impulse route includes stop overs in Oman, India, Myanmar, China, the U.S.A. and Southern Europe or North Africa before returning to Abu Dhabi. One of the aims of the world record attempt is to spread a campaigning message about clean technologies.

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