Solar Impulse founder Andre Borschberg is up, up and away, on his attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.

 

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The giant Solar Impulse Two takes to the skies of Abu Dhabi at the start of an attempt to make aviation history. Its crew of two are hoping to become the first to fly all the way around the world on solar power alone. What they hope will become a 35, 000 kilometre flight into legend will take five months to complete. The aircraft has taken 12 years to design and build. It has a wingspan of 72 metres, bigger even than a Boeing 747. Yet it weighs just 2, 300 kilogrammes, about the same as a family car, and travels at speeds between 50 and 100 kilometres an hour. The 17,000 solar cells embedded in its wings will harness the sun's rays for energy. It also has the advantage of being the first solar-powered plane which can fly through the night.

 

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"First Round-the-World Solar Flight Takes Off from Abu Dhabi "