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First world record for Solar Impulse 2

The Solar Impulse 2 project barely launched, records fall for the duo Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg.

Solar impulse 2 v The solar plane, which was piloted by Bertrand Piccard thus landed safely on Tuesday in India, after having traveled 1465 kilometers in just under 16 hours, setting the record for the longest distance ever traveled by an aircraft solar powered.

The record should soon be validated by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Solar Impulse 2 left from Muscat Airport, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman at 6:35 am and landed in Ahmedabad, one of the main cities in the state of Gujarat in western India. The team is currently taking a four-day break there before resuming flight to Varanasi, another city in India.

The previous record was held by André Borschberg with the first version of Solar Impulse when it crossed the United States in 2013, the plane had then traveled 1386.5 km in one go.

But the current record should not stay in place for long, since Solar Impulse 2 should beat it several times before the end of its world tour. The plane will have to cross the Pacific and Atlantic oceans in one go.