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Solar Impulse: An around-the-world flight

PUBLISHED: 10:35 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:35 29 April 2016

Solar Impulse flying over Dubai ©Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse flying over Dubai ©Solar Impulse

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Two Pioneering pilots flying around the world in a solar aeroplane, in order to promote the use of clean technologies. We’re showing their amazing journey from start to finish through a series of amazing photographs taken by the pilots and ground crew along the way.

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, set out to achieve something that still sounds like the stuff of dreams: the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, powered only by the sun, with no fuel – yes, no fuel - or polluting emissions.

1st Leg: Abu Dhabi to Muscat ©Solar Impulse1st Leg: Abu Dhabi to Muscat ©Solar Impulse

1st Leg: Abu Dhabi to Muscat ©Solar Impulse1st Leg: Abu Dhabi to Muscat ©Solar Impulse

After the eight world records set by the Solar Impulse prototype, when it became the first solar airplane ever to fly through the night, between two continents, and across the United States, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are now attempting the ultimate phase of the adventure: the 2015-2016 First Round-The-World Solar Flight.

1st Leg: Abu Dhabi to Muscat ©Solar Impulse1st Leg: Abu Dhabi to Muscat ©Solar Impulse

1st Leg: Abu Dhabi to Muscat ©Solar Impulse1st Leg: Abu Dhabi to Muscat ©Solar Impulse

35,000 km from Abu Dhabi, our departure and arrival Host City, to India, Myanmar, China, Japan, U.S.A and back to Europe and Abu Dhabi. As with all great firsts, there were no benchmarks. Strategies had to be invented from scratch to allow Solar Impulse 2 to fly across the Pacific for 5 consecutive days and nights, and become the first solar airplane to accomplish an oceanic crossing. This historic and record-breaking flight from Japan to Hawaii was achieved by André Borschberg in July 2015, proving that clean technologies can accomplish incredible things.

1st Leg: Abu Dhabi to Muscat ©Solar Impulse1st Leg: Abu Dhabi to Muscat ©Solar Impulse

2nd Leg: Muscat to Ahmedabad ©Solar Impulse2nd Leg: Muscat to Ahmedabad ©Solar Impulse

The record breaking solo flight of 5 days and 5 nights without fuel from Nagoya to Hawaii presents a clear message: everybody could use the plane’s technologies on the ground to halve our world’s energy consumption, save natural resources and improve our quality of life. The success of this flight is helping to spread the message to the general public, students, key decision-makers and entrepreneurs all over the world.

2nd Leg: Muscat to Ahmedabad ©Solar Impulse2nd Leg: Muscat to Ahmedabad ©Solar Impulse

2nd Leg: Muscat to Ahmedabad ©Solar Impulse2nd Leg: Muscat to Ahmedabad ©Solar Impulse

Clean technologies can achieve the impossible.

2nd Leg: Muscat to Ahmedabad ©Solar Impulse2nd Leg: Muscat to Ahmedabad ©Solar Impulse

3rd Leg: Ahmedabad to Varanasi ©Solar Impulse3rd Leg: Ahmedabad to Varanasi ©Solar Impulse

3rd Leg: Ahmedabad to Varanasi ©Solar Impulse3rd Leg: Ahmedabad to Varanasi ©Solar Impulse

3rd Leg: Ahmedabad to Varanasi ©Solar Impulse3rd Leg: Ahmedabad to Varanasi ©Solar Impulse

4th Leg: Varanasi to Mandalay ©Solar Impulse4th Leg: Varanasi to Mandalay ©Solar Impulse

4th Leg: Varanasi to Mandalay ©Solar Impulse4th Leg: Varanasi to Mandalay ©Solar Impulse

4th Leg: Varanasi to Mandalay ©Solar Impulse4th Leg: Varanasi to Mandalay ©Solar Impulse

4th Leg: Varanasi to Mandalay ©Solar Impulse4th Leg: Varanasi to Mandalay ©Solar Impulse

5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse

5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse

5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse

5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse

5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse

5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse5th Leg: Mandalay to Chongqing ©Solar Impulse

6th Leg: Chongqing to Nanjing ©Solar Impulse6th Leg: Chongqing to Nanjing ©Solar Impulse

6th Leg: Chongqing to Nanjing ©Solar Impulse6th Leg: Chongqing to Nanjing ©Solar Impulse

6th Leg: Chongqing to Nanjing ©Solar Impulse6th Leg: Chongqing to Nanjing ©Solar Impulse

6th Leg: Chongqing to Nanjing ©Solar Impulse6th Leg: Chongqing to Nanjing ©Solar Impulse

6th Leg: Chongqing to Nanjing ©Solar Impulse6th Leg: Chongqing to Nanjing ©Solar Impulse

7th Leg: Nanjing to Nagoya (diverted to Japan due to bad weather) ©Solar Impulse7th Leg: Nanjing to Nagoya (diverted to Japan due to bad weather) ©Solar Impulse

7th Leg: Nanjing to Nagoya (diverted to Japan due to bad weather) ©Solar Impulse7th Leg: Nanjing to Nagoya (diverted to Japan due to bad weather) ©Solar Impulse

7th Leg: Nanjing to Nagoya (diverted to Japan because of bad weather) ©Solar Impulse7th Leg: Nanjing to Nagoya (diverted to Japan because of bad weather) ©Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse tied down by ground crew after unexpected intermediate landing in Japan due to worsening weather ©Solar ImpulseSolar Impulse tied down by ground crew after unexpected intermediate landing in Japan due to worsening weather ©Solar Impulse

Press Conference in Japan ©Solar ImpulsePress Conference in Japan ©Solar Impulse

Press Conference in Japan ©Solar ImpulsePress Conference in Japan ©Solar Impulse

Press Conference in Japan ©Solar ImpulsePress Conference in Japan ©Solar Impulse

Repair work in Nagoya ©Solar ImpulseRepair work in Nagoya ©Solar Impulse

Repair work in Nagoya ©Solar ImpulseRepair work in Nagoya ©Solar Impulse

8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse

7th Leg: Nanjing to Nagoya ©Solar Impulse7th Leg: Nanjing to Nagoya ©Solar Impulse

8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse

8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse

8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse

8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse

8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse

8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse

8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse

8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse8th Leg: Nagoya to Hawaii ©Solar Impulse

9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse

9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse

9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse

9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse

9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse

9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse

9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse

9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse9th Leg: Hawaii to Mountain View ©Solar Impulse

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