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Solar Impulse takes-off to cross the Mediterranean Sea

Solar Impulse selfieAfter crossing America and recently the Atlantic Ocean without a single drop of fuel, Solar Impulse 2 took off from Spain early this morning to attempt the crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. The flight, that is expect to last two days and two nights depending on weather conditions.

The solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg successfully continues their journey and now they are in the second to last leg of the attempt to achieve the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight.

Two and a half weeks after Bertrand Piccard’s historic crossing of the Atlantic Ocean coming from New York, André Borschberg took off at the controls of Si2 from the Seville Airport, Spain, on 11 July at 6:20 am local time (UTC+2) and is expected to land at the Cairo International Airport, Egypt, on 13 July day at 9:00 am local time (UTC+2) after a flight of approximately 2’200 miles (3’600 km) – a journey across the Mediterranean Sea, from west to east, during which Si2 will fly in the airspaces of Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Malta, Greece and finally Egypt. This is the largest number of airspaces ever overflown in one go with Si2. The flight also marks the second to last leg of the attempt to achieve the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight and the last flight of CEO and Co-Founder André Borschberg in the context of this pioneering adventure.

Thanks to 10 live cameras in the cockpit, on the wings, in the Mission Control Center and on the ground, you can be with the pilot and the engineers. Watch live this solar flight experience with on www.solarimpulse.com

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