The Around-the-World Mission Flights will take place over 5 months from the beginning of March to the end of July 2015. Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, has been named Host City of Solar Impulse for the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, and will be the departing and landing destination.
Solar Impulse is currently in the process of confirming the steps from Abu Dhabi, and would make stops in Asia, the United States and in Southern Europe and North Africa before returning to Abu Dhabi in July 2015.
Abu Dhabi, capital city of the United Arab Emirates, will be the start and finish of the first solar-powered flight around the world.
Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, is the host partner of Solar Impulse. The team will be hosted by Masdar and Abu Dhabi at the start of January for testing and training before the start of the first solar-powered flight around the world.
Si2 was delivered in Abu Dhabi by cargo plane from the Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland on January 6th and has been showcased during the World Future Energy Summit as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which is hosted by Masdar between 17 and 22 January 2015.
“This well-matched partnership will show Abu Dhabi to be a centre of expertise when it comes to renewable energy and at the same time Solar Impulse will demonstrate the far-reaching applications of clean energy during the first solar-powered flight around the world,” declared Bertrand Piccard. André Borschberg continued: “We have chosen this location as being the best and most suitable departure point for the round-the-world tour, due to its climate, infrastructure and commitment to clean technologies.”
In permanent contact via satellite with the airplane, the Mission Control Center (MCC) is the pilot’s “guardian angel
The MCC is coordinating the support team that will be following Solar Impulse throughout its world tour and will be in permanent contact with the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and the IAF (International Aeronautical Federation). It will operate 24/7 from the initial take-off to the final landing of this 12-stage world tour.
Twenty specialists anticipate every possible scenario and transmit information enabling the pilot to follow the optimum flight plan and complete his mission successfully.
When flights are in progress, the flight parameters are re-calculated twice a day, taking into consideration the prevailing weather situation and amount of sunshine. Flight altitudes and track are optimized to ensure enough on-board stored energy to fly through the night.
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