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"Completing a dream" Solar Impulse lands after fuel-free round-world-trip

The first round-the-world flight powered only by the sun has come full circle.

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"Completing a dream" Solar Impulse lands after fuel-free round-world-trip

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The first round-the-world flight powered only by the sun has come full circle. Landing in Abu Dhabi after 500 hours in the air, the Solar Impulse has broken 19 aviation records, and has now made history for clean energy air travel.

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"It's like science fiction, but this is the reality and the future."

Bertrand Piccard Solar Impulse pilot

It was a dream 17 years in the making for the Swiss team. Pulling into the hangar for the last time, pilot Bertrand Piccard said, ‘it’s like science fiction, but this is the reality and the future.’

“We have flown one after the other in the cockpit with Andre, 40,000 km without fuel, and now the demonstration is done. It means that the rest of the world has to take it further. We have to use these technologies,” added Piccard.

Powered by 17,000 solar panels and weighing no more than a family car, the aircraft cruised at speeds averaging between 45-90km per hour.

The team described the mission as a modern-day Jules Verne adventure to prove that a clean energy future was possible.