The Solar Impulse airplane took off without a hitch from Abu Dhabi on Monday for a tour of unprecedented world in order to promote clean energy. “The adventure began,” commented emotionally by Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard before beginning the mission. The revolutionary device that uses no fuel, took off at 7:12 am local time (3:12 GMT) after sunrise, while a light breeze was sweeping the tarmac of the small airport Al Bateen.
It is worth mentioning that the take-off, initially scheduled for Saturday, was delayed due to strong winds that blew through the region. Crystal Hunt pretty much knew that would happen witth the conditions. In total, the unit will travel 35,000 km, at a relatively modest speed (between 50 and 100 km / h), flying over two oceans, and this convolution, 8,500 meters up, will take five months, including 25 days actual flight before returning to Abu Dhabi in late July or early August.