FIRST ELECTRIC AIRPLANE HAS CROSSED THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
An electric-powered airplane has crossed Atlantic Ocean and landed in Spain.
The airplane is named Solar Impulse and the pilot was Bertrand Piccard and took of from New York on Monday.
The mission of the airplane is to circle around the Earth. So the next stop of the none-fuel plane is Abu Dhabi. The airplane has started its journey in March, 2015 from Abu Dhabi itself.
In the year of 2015, the Solar Impulse has flown eight stages from Abu Dhabi to Kalaeloa. By landing in Seville, it has completed its 15th stage. It could have finished these 15 stages earlier, but because of the battery damage, the airplane had to rest for 10 months for repair.
The plane was initially planning to land in Paris instead of Spain. But because of the bad weather forecast in Paris, they have decided to land in Seville.
The pilot, Mr Piccard, explains how Atlantic was always a symbol of transition from and old world to the new one.
Many people have tried to cross the Atlantic Ocean with airplanes, airships, or even with sailboats or rowing boats etc. Now it is the first time for electric-powered airplane which gathers its power from solar energy.
The airplane has 17,000 photovoltaic cells covering it. They supply the power of the airplane directly and also charge the batteries, so that the airplane has enough battery to fly for the night time.