Solar Impulse completes fourth of 12 legs in global tour

The solar-powered, composites-intensive aircraft is a third of the way through its round-the-world tour, landing on March 19 in Mandalay, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Solar Impulse 2, the completely solar-powered and composites-intensive aircraft, has completed the fourth leg of its around-the-world tour, which began March 9 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The plane is being piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg and will complete it's global tour with a total of 12 legs, ending in Abu Dhabi.

Solar Impulse 2 took off for its fourth flight on March 18, piloted by Piccard, from Varanasi (Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport) in the Republic of India, to Mandalay (Mandalay International Airport) in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar at 23:52 UTC. Piccard flew the airplane about 1,408 km for about 20 hours.

The carbon fiber-intensive Solar Impulse 2 features resin supplied by Solvay (Alpharetta, GA, US) and carbon fiber fabric technology supplied by North Thin Ply Technology (Penthalaz-Cossonay, Switzerland). For more about the design and manufacture of the plane, visit "Spread tow technology takes off."