पृथ्वी प्रदक्षिणा घालणारं, सौर विमान थोड्याच वेळात भारतात उतरणार

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The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered plane, flies over the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi during preparations for next month's round-the-world flight, February 26, 2015. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will attempt to fly around the world in the Solar Impulse 2, in a bid to prove that such a flight is possible without the use of fossil fuels. The solar-powered plane has a wingspan of 72 metres, larger than that of a Boeing 747, but weighs only 2.3 tons, about as much as a family car. More than 17,000 solar cells on the wing power lithium-ion batteries in four electric motors. The airframe makes use of carbon fiber, which is three times lighter than paper, to keep the plane as light as possible. The 35,000 km flight is expected to take about five months, with stops in Oman, India, Myanmar, China, the United States, and in Southern Europe or North Africa depending on the weather. The Solar Impulse 2 is expected to land back in Abu Dhabi in late July or early August.     REUTERS/Solar Impulse/Revillard/Rezo.ch/Handout via Reuters (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
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10 मार्च : जगातील पहिल्या सौर विमानानं पृथ्वी प्रदक्षिणेचा पहिला टप्पा पूर्ण केल्यानंतर हे विमान आज भारतात लँड होणार आहे. भारतातील अहमदाबाद इथं हे विमान आज रात्री लँड होणार आहे.

‘सोलार इम्पल्स 2′ असं नाव असलेल्या या सौर विमानानं काल अबू धाबीहुन उड्डाण केल्यानंतर 13 तास 20 मिनिटांत ते मस्कतला पोहोचलं आणि 400 किलोमीटरचा प्रवास करून ओंमानमध्ये लँडिंग केलं. ओंमानहुन रवाना झालेलं हे विमान आता अहमदाबादमध्ये लँड होणार आहे. जगाला प्रदक्षिणा घालण्याचा निर्धार केलेल्या या सौर विमानाने हा पहिला टप्पा यशस्वीरत्या पार केला. आँद्रे बोर्शबर्ग हे या विमानाचे पायलट आहेत. मात्र सौर विमानाच्या मर्यादा लक्षात घेता, हे विमान जगप्रदक्षिणा करणं कठीण मानलं जातंय. जगात हरित ऊर्जेला प्रोत्साहन देण्यासाठी हा उपक्रम हाती घेण्यात आलाय. या उपक्रमांत पुढच्या 5 महिन्यांमध्ये हा जगप्रदक्षिणेचा प्रवास चालणार आहे. 25 दिवसांच्या या प्रवासात 12 ठिकाणी हे विमान थांबणार आहे. आज अरबी समुद्रावरुन हे सौर विमान जाताना दिसेल.


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