Here’s the first solar-powered plane to cross the Atlantic


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Taking a selfie en route

After a flight time of 71 hours and 8 minutes, Solar Impulse 2, piloted by Bertrand Piccard, became the first solar powered airplane to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean. The plane took off from New York and landed in Seville, Spain.

The flight across the Atlantic was much shorter than last year’s epic 117 hour trip that pilot André Borschberg made last year across the Pacific in Solar Impulse 2. Borschberg and Piccard have been alternating piloting duties throughout the course of the round-the-world journey, which started last year in Abu Dhabi.

The mission of the flight is to prove that zero-emission technologies like solar power are a viable alternative to current fossil fuels…

The plane likely has about two more legs to go before their journey is over–from Spain to Northern Africa, and then, at long last, back to Abu Dhabi.

Bravo! Like all early adventures in new technology it’s a small start and a long fulfilling journey.

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