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Solar Impulse 2 sets world records

PUBLISHED: 09:43 01 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:43 01 July 2016

Solar Impulse landing in Seville

Solar Impulse landing in Seville

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Following Bertrand Piccard’s flight from New York’s JFK International Airport to Seville, the Solar Impulse team has notified the FAI of three World Records to be ratified after examination of the full record files.

Following Bertrand Piccard’s flight from New York’s JFK International Airport to Seville, the Solar Impulse team has notified the FAI of three World Records to be ratified after examination of the full record files. They are: Distance along course, 5,850km; Duration, 71 hours, 8 minutes; and Great Circle Distance 5,739km. The flights were monitored by FAI Official Observers to ensure that they were made according to the Sporting Code of the Federation.

At the end of its journey around the world, Solar Impulse 2 landed in Spain, after a final flight of three days and three nights that covered a total distance of 3,651nm, attaining a maximum altitude of 28,000ft, and an average speed of 51.35kt, completing the first ever solar-electric ‘emissions-free’ transatlantic flight.

“The Atlantic has always revealed the transitions between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ worlds. But while these worlds used to be geographical continents, today they are states of mind,” said Piccard. “The old world is the world of inefficient polluting devices, depleting the Earth’s resources. The new world is the world of modern, clean technologies that can halve our global energy consumption, save natural resources and improve our quality of life. With this transatlantic flight our aim is to inspire the adoption of clean technologies everywhere.”

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