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.

就在現在,全球最大型的大陽能驅動飛機 Solar Impulse 2(陽光動力 2 號)從阿聯酋的阿布扎比起飛,開始其籌備多年的環球飛行。這計劃是挑戰以不耗一滴燃料,全以太陽能驅動的 Solar Impulse 2 進行為期近半年、路程長達 35,000 公里的環球飛行。因為飛機只有容納一人的空間,飛行將分成 12 個段落進行,途中會進行機師交替。

首段飛行是由阿布扎比至馬斯喀特的 12 小時飛行,由 André Borschberg 負責。當中被認為最困難的就是跨越大西洋的 72 小時連續飛行,因為途中不能降落,所以對機師的集中力和應變能力帶來最大考驗。整個飛行過程和駕駛艙的情況都有網上直播,大家可以到 YouTube 或其官方網站觀看。在此,我們為這挑戰人類文明極限的一眾人員打氣支持吧。