Solar plane to land in Cairo Wednesday as part of round-the-world trip

Ahram Online , Sunday 10 Jul 2016

This first round-the-world solar flight was launched with the aim of promoting clean technology

Solar Impulse 2
Solar Impulse 2 will land in Cairo from Seville on July 13, 2016. (Photo Courtesy of Solar Impulse website)

The solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 will land at Cairo International Airport on Wednesday, according to Solar Impulse's official website.

Solar Impulse 2 will take off from Seville, Spain at 6:30am CET Monday for a 48-hour flight to Cairo, with the cruising speed varying between 45 km/h and 90 km/h.

Bertrand Piccard, psychiatrist and explorer, and André Borschberg, engineer and entrepreneur, initiated this first round-the-world solar flight with the aim of promoting clean technology.

The tour started in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi, the departure and arrival host city.

The flight is piloted by Borschberg, who will control "the second-to-last flight on this round-the-world adventure without a single drop of fuel," the website said.

The flight path will take the plane over the pyramids, Egyptian aviation ministry sources told Ahram Arabic website, with 65 civil aviation officials to receive the flight and host the pilot.

Solar Impulse 2 crossed the Pacific Ocean in five days and nights from Japan to Hawaii, the first oceanic crossing of a solar plane.

Its cruising speed varies between 45 km/h and 90 km/h.

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