Solar Impulse 2, the world's most advanced solar-powered airplane and the first to fly day and night without fuel, landed successfully in Nanjing, People's Republic of China, following a 20 day stay in Chongqing.
With Bertrand Piccard at the controls, the solar airplane concluded the sixth leg of the historic trip around the world this evening at 11:28 pm local time China (3:28 pm GMT).
The Pacific Ocean crossing scheduled for early May is pending favorable weather conditions. This last leg is bringing Solar Impulse one step closer to an aviation first – the next part of the circumnavigation will require flying five consecutive days and nights in a solar-powered aircraft to cross the Pacific, a feat that has never been accomplished before.
After crossing the Pacific Ocean, Solar Impulse will stop in the United States, and then either North Africa or Southern Europe, before returning to Abu Dhabi to complete the first ever round-the-world solar flight.
The Round-The-World Solar Impulse mission at a glance so far:
March 9th, 2015: First leg Abu Dhabi (UAE) - Al Bateen Executive Airport / Muscat (Oman) - Muscat International Airport
March 10th, 2015: Second leg Muscat (Oman) - Muscat International Airport / Ahmedabad (India) - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
March 18th, 2015: Third leg Ahmedabad (India) - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport / Varanasi (India) – Varanasi International Airport
March 19th, 2015: Fourth Leg Varanasi (India) – Varanasi International / Mandalay (Myanmar) - Mandalay International Airport
March 29th, 2015: Fifth Leg Mandalay (Myanmar) - Mandalay International Airport / Chongqing (China) - Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
April 21st, 2015: Sixth Leg Chongqing (China) - Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport / Nanjing (China) - Nanjing Lukou International Airport