HOME > BUSINESS > AVIATION > First solar-powered circumnavigation to fly over India in March

First solar-powered circumnavigation to fly over India in March

Solar Impulse, the first solar-powered aircraft to attempt to fly around the world non-stop, will cross over India in March, said Aditya Birla group, which is supporting the effort from India.

“Solar Impulse was built not just to fly around the world without a drop of fuel, but also to carry a message; demonstrating the effectiveness of clean technologies and the importance of sustainability, and showing what can be accomplished with pioneering spirit,” the Indian group said.

solar-impulse

The Solar Impulse is a single-seater aircraft made of carbon fiber and has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 and the weight of a family car. It has over 17’000 solar cells and four lithium batteries to enable the craft to fly day and night.

Solar Impulse is the brainchild of pilots and founders Bertrand Piccard (Initiator and Chairman) and André Borschberg (CEO). A psychiatrist and explorer, Bertrand Piccard flew around the world in a hot-air balloon in 1999; and the design team is led by André Borschberg, seasoned flight design engineer, entrepreneur and former Swiss fighter pilot.

This team of leading-edge specialists includes mechanical engineers, aeronautical engineers, physicists and designers who have been working for over a decade to bring Solar Impulse from drawing board to reality. The electrical engineers have risen to the challenge of achieving the delicate balance between maximum efficiency, the lightest possible weight and extreme reliability of the plane’s photovoltaic cells.

The Aditya Birla Group will be the host partner for the India leg of the Solar Impulse journey, with stops planned in Ahmedabad and Varanasi and will partner with the Solar Impulse Main Sponsors Solvay, ABB, Schindler and Omega to offer ground support to the world record attempt. It is expected that millions of people will follow the flight via social media. The sponsors, like the founders, hope the flight will change history.

Follow ULTRA.news
Jet Airways strengthens US, Europe schedule with new Air France-KLM deal Jet Airtways said it has signed a new agreement with Europe-based Air France-KLM that will increase the coverage and capacity of its existing agreement with the airline.The airlines will be able to extend their coverage and capacity between Paris, Amsterdam and India because...
Reliance Capital to get Rs 300 cr from IREDA for lending to renewable sector Anil Ambani Group's Reliance Capital Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) will make available Rs 300 cr for lending to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.IREDA is a Government of India Enterprise under the administrative control of Ministr...
Adani Enterprises to demerge and list solar business Adani Enterprises Limited said it will demerge Adani Green Energy Ltd by cancelling the shares it holds in the subsidiary and issuing new shares directly to the shareholders of the parent company.Shareholders will get 761 shares of the new company for every 1,000 shares they...
InterGlobe Aviation to raise Rs 2,530 cr by selling shares to institutions InterGlobe Aviation, the company that operates the country's largest airline Indigo said the company would raise Rs 2,530 cr by issuing fresh shares.At the same time, existing shareholders of the company would raise Rs 1,265 cr by selling some of their shares as well, the co...
Jet Airways offers 20% discount on international flights Jet Airways said it would offer up to 20% discount on international tickets under a week-long sale that will end on Sep 6."Under the offer, guests enjoy attractive savings of up to 20% discount on the lowest prevailing return base fares," the airline said.The offer is val...
Solar Power is a life saver in Chhattisgarh – Survey The solar energy revolution may be all about saving the environment, but for the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, it's impact is more immediate, and life-saving.According to a first-of-its-kind study conducted on primary health centers in the state, PHCs with solar backup admit...
Jet Airways cancels several flights from Mumbai due to rains Jet Airways said it is cancelling several of its flights from and to Mumbai to cope with the situation created by incessant and heavy rains in the city.The flights include those to Vodadara, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh and others."Inclement weather in Mumbai ...
Tata Power renewable generation up four times last year Tata Power said it generated more four times as much power from renewable sources like solar and wind in the financial year ended March, compared to the year before.This was achieved partly due to an acquisition.During the year, its renewable arm Tata Power Renewable En...
Ramco Systems wins key deal from Saudi aircraft maintenance company Cloud-based services provider Ramco Systems has won a key, five-year contract from Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company, which provides maintenance services for the country’s combined fleet of more than 360 military and commercial helicopters."With two of the top 5 aircraft manu...
Now you can also fly to Pondicherry, thanks to SpiceJet SpiceJet has become the first airline to conduct flight services to Pondicherry, the former French colony that is a prominent tourist attraction in South India.The flights will be from Hyderabad. With this new flight, Puducherry will be connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Bengalu...
Kannur Airport: 95% of airside, 90% of cityside work completed Kerala's fourth international airport at Kannur is very close to completion, with 95% of the airside works and 90% of cityside work completed, the government said today.Airside refers to the runway, bays, traffic control tower and so on, while city-side works refer to civilia...
SpiceJet reports 10th quarterly profit in a row SpiceJet reported an 18% growth in its net profit for April-June period at Rs 175 crore, the company said, making it the 10th successive profitable quarter for the airline. Total revenue from operations were Rs 1,869 crore, higher than Rs 1,521 crore for the same quarter las...
India achieves only 14% of rooftop solar power target Even as India more or less sticks to the target on adding large solar farms under its ambitious Solar Mission project, the other leg of the plan -- rooftop solar -- remains woefully behind target.Under the solar mission, India is supposed to have put in 5,000 megawatt of sola...
Indigo targets 20% growth every year; move towards owned aircraft IndiGo Airlines, India's largest airline by far, is in no mood to go easy on its rapid expansion in coming years, the company said.The company, which accounted for 85% of the total capacity added in the country in the last five years and grew its seats at 24% per year on aver...
SLOW START: India adds 8.3% of 2017 target solar capacity in three months India added only 827 megawatt of solar power generation capacity in the first three months of the current financial year, indicating a slow start to the yearly program.The addition of the first three months represents only 8.27% of the 10,000 megawatt that it is supposed to c...
GMR closes funding for Mopa Airport, Axis Bank underwrites debt GMR Goa International Airports Limited said it closed funding for the upcoming Mopa Airport in Goa, with Axis Bank underwriting the entire debt of Rs 1,330 cr."Having tied up funding for the project, we are working towards starting on ground construction activity post monsoon...
SpiceJet adds new flights from Surat to Mumbai, Hyderabad SpiceJet announced the launch of four new daily non-stop flights connecting Surat to Mumbai and Hyderabad.From July 10, there will be a new daily direct flight for the Mumbai-Surat-Mumbai sector. It will also start operating its second daily direct flight on the sector in th...
Reliance Infra defence unit inks one more deal to help with Rafale work Reliance Defence, the defence-focused subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure, said it entered into yet another agreement with an overseas company. This time, the company said it tied up with Daher Aerospace, France, a supplier of integrated systems for aeroplanes.Daher makes ...
Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi offer free hotel stay to boost tourism In an effort to boost tourism in its home town of Abu Dhabi, government-controlled Etihad Airways announced a set of freebies and packages for passengers transiting through the Gulf city.The biggest freebies are for first class passengers. They will get two free nights at an...
SpiceJet starts UDAN services starting at Rs 2,250 SpiceJet, which was the most aggressive in pursuing the affordable airfare plan called UDAN, today started its services under the scheme.The airline started flights on the Mumbai-Porbandar route with at Rs 2,250 including all taxes and levies, while the fare on the Mumbai-Ka...