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First round-the-world solar flight ends its maiden leg in Oman

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 01:04

Solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, makes a successful landing in Oman and takes off the next day for India. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT IS LIVESTREAM QUALITY STORY: Solar Impulse 2, the first solar-powered plane to attempt to fly around the world, landed successfully in Oman on Monday (March 9) after the maiden leg of its epic voyage. Monaco's Prince Albert joined officials at mission control in Monaco in congratulating the two pilots in French for the successful landing. "Andre, Albert listen, well done, congratulations, it was a super landing, we saw superb images, and, honestly, congratulations for this magnificent first flight," said Prince Albert, congratulating the Swiss pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg. Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates early on Monday at the start of a five-month journey of 35,000 km (22,000 miles) organized to focus the world's attention on sustainable energy. The plane is only as heavy a family car (2,300 kg, 5,100 pounds) and but has a wingspan as wide as the largest passenger airliner. Its journey will span approximately 25 flight days broken up into 12 legs at speeds between 50 and 100 km (30 to 60 miles) per hour. The Swiss-built aircraft took off from Muscat the next day, Tuesday (March 10) to begin the second leg of its journey. Studies, design and construction took 12 years and a first version of the craft rolled out in 2009 broke records for heights and distances traveled by a manned solar plane. On its five-month journey the engines will be powered only by solar energy. The two Swiss pilots will take turns at the controls in the tiny cabin for five consecutive days and nights in the air. The flight will make stopovers in India, Myanmar and China before crossing the Pacific Ocean and flying across the United States and southern Europe to arrive back in Abu Dhabi. Companies involved in the project include Bayer AG, Solvay, ABB, Schindler, Omega and Abu Dhabi's Masdar. The aircraft's next stop is Ahmedabad in India.

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First round-the-world solar flight ends its maiden leg in Oman

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 01:04