Solar Powered Plane ‘Solar Impulse 2’ lands in New York City

Solar Powered Plane 'Solar Impulse 2' lands in New York City

The Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered airplane, flew over the Statue of Liberty in New York on June 11, 2016, before landing at the Jon F Kennedy airport.

It was the 14th and the shortest leg of its world trotting voyage. Earlier it had left Lehigh Valley International Airport in Pennsylvania late Friday.

The solar-powered plane can travel at a maximum speed of 47mph. Impulse was to fly to Big Apple on Monday, but overcast conditions and thunderstorms passing through the area ensured that bit remained grounded for the day.

The plane is piloted by a Swiss team and hopes to circumvent the planet. The journey started in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The plane made stopovers in Oman, Myanmar, China, and Japan. Solar Impulse’s four engines are powered by energy collected from more than 17,000 solar cells, which have been fixed on its wings.

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Impulse will attempt to cross the Atlantic from New York en route to the Middle East. The Swiss duo hopes to complete the circumnavigation of the Earth in Abu Dhabi, where the journey began in March 2015.

The Swiss team flying the aircraft in a crusade to garner support for clean energy technologies is composed of Andre Borschberg and fellow pilot Bertrand Piccard.

Andre flew the plane for the most challenging section of the journey, a grueling 118 hours flying from Nagoya, Japan, to Hawaii.

The trip from Hawaii to San Francisco had pilot Bertrand Piccard flying the plane, and it took almost 72 hours to complete the Trans-Pacific crossing.

Earlier, the airplane had to be grounded for many months for major repairs after the high tropical temperatures severely damaged its batteries.