The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 took to the skies on Thursday for a test flight, days before its departure for its round-the-world voyage.
Si2, the first aircraft able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel, successfully completed its maiden flight in the capital.
For four hours early in the morning, professional test pilot Markus Scherdel tested the aircraft’s performance, taking off from Al Bateen Executive Airport.
Following the initial test flight, Andre Borschberg, Solar Impulse co-founder, chief executive and pilot, conducted a full-day test flight.
They soared above Abu Dhabi landmarks including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Corniche and Eastern Mangroves. The initial results are in line with calculations and simulations.
They were Si2’s first flights following the plane’s disassembly in Switzerland and reassembly in the emirate.