Solar-Powered Plane Attempts Around-The-World Flight With No Fuel (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane, took off this morning from Al Bateen airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in an attempt at a history-making, around-the-world flight.

Swiss pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard will take turns flying the single-seat plane (video below).

The BBC reported that Borschberg safely landed the plane in Muscat, Oman, the first stop of a five-month trip including 25 actual flying days.

The Solar Impulse 2 has a 236-foot wingspan, weighs a little over 5,000 pounds and includes 17,248 solar cells to provide power to four motors, noted

The plane travels from 30 to 60 mph, and will make 15 landings around the world.

A one-month stop is planned in China before the plane crosses the Pacific Ocean.

The plane's U.S. destinations include Hawaii, Arizona and New York City.

A group of air traffic controllers and weathermen will advise the pilots from Monaco. A video feed has been set up there so people can watch the flight online; people can also check on the plane at, notes ABC News.

Sources:, ABC News,, BBC / Image Credit: Screenshot