Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 1rst 2015: Solar Impulse 2, the only solar single-seater airplane able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel, is flying over Abu Dhabi (UAE) undertaking preparation flights for the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight which will be attempted starting early March from Abu Dhabi. Swiss founders and pilots, Bertrand Piccard and AndrÈ Borschberg, hope to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world. The duo will take turns flying Solar Impulse 2, changing at each stop and will fly over the Arabian Sea, to India, to Myanmar, to China, across the Pacific Ocean, to the United States, over the Atlantic Ocean to Southern Europe or Northern Africa before finishing the journey by returning to the initial departure point. Landings will be made every few days to switch pilots and organize public events for governments, schools and universities.

就在现在,全球最大型的大阳能驱动飞机 -- 阳光动力 2 号从阿联酋的阿布扎比起飞,开始其筹备多年的环球飞行。这计划是挑战以不耗一滴燃料,全以太阳能驱动的阳光动力 2 号进行为期近半年、路程长达 35,000 公里的环球飞行。因为飞机只有容纳一人的空间,飞行将分成 12 个段落进行,途中会进行机师交替。

首段飞行是由阿布扎比至马斯喀特的 12 小时飞行,由 André Borschberg 负责。当中被认为最困难的就是跨越大西洋的 72 小时连续飞行,因为途中不能降落,所以对机师的集中力和应变能力带来最大考验。整个飞行过程和驾驶舱的情况都有网上直播,大家可以到 YouTube 或其官方网站观看。在此,我们为这挑战人类文明极限的一众人员打气支持吧。