Originally published on 1Sun4All.
The Solar Impulse team was awake very early yesterday morning to support the first Solar Impulse 2 (#Si2) flight outside of Switzerland, the description under a new #Si2 YouTube video noted. “Markus, our test pilot, was the first to test the plane in the air. André Borschberg then perform [sic] a second and 12-hour test flight over Abu Dhabi. These flights marked a historical moment and were a success.” Watch them in the new episode of #Insider below! The RTW flight is inching closer.
On Twitter, André Borschberg exclaimed: “I tested
#Si2‘s systems over #AbuDhabi with great confidence today during a 12-hour flight!”
The first flight for #Si2 will take off from Abu Dhabi (Al Bateen Executive Airport, AUH/OMAD) in the United Arab Emirates, and fly to Muscat (Muscat International Airport, MCT/OOMS) in the Sultanate of Oman. The pilot will fly the zero-fuel airplane for a distance of about 400 km (215 NM and 248.5 miles) for an estimated time of 12 hours.
“The 12-hour flight is equivalent to the duration between Zürich & Los Angeles,” André Borschberg stated.
For those interested in #Si2 trivia: I’ve been told by a team member that there are 3 espresso machines in the Monaco Control Center.
Nestlé Research is playing a crucial role in helping make the first every Round-The-world solar flight attempt a success.
As Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg challenge the boundaries of sustainable flight, they will be sustained by food specifically researched, developed, and supplied by Nestlé.
Nestlé says the company has worked closely with the Solar Impulse team for over four years, developing a range of meals and snacks that can withstand extreme variations in temperature and climatic conditions, while providing the nutrition required. The meals are tailored to the preferences and needs of the pilots, offering them some comfort and reward on their journey.
Be part of history by making a donation to the Solar Impulse Foundation by adopting a Solar Cell on #Si2! It will help finance the educational activities of Solar Impulse and you will join the ranks of the aircraft’s patrons (Richard Branson, James Cameron, Paolo Coelho…) and other innovators who already took this step. You can even offer one to your friends and relatives!
You can also gear up at the very cool Solar Impulse Online Store. By proudly wearing the colors of this revolutionary solar aircraft, you will show that you share our vision in the power of clean technologies to create a better future!
Video Credit: Nestlé and SOLAR IMPULSE | Photo Credit: First ever #Si2 test flight in Abu Dhabi, Revillard, Rezo.ch via Solar Impulse
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