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Solar Impulse-2 aircraft to be open for public viewing

However, it would be kept in the open only for an hour or two, said sources associated with the project.

solar impulse 2, solar plane, public viewing solar impulse 2, solar plane ahmedabad Solar Impulse-2 pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. (Express photo by Javed Raja)

The world’s only fully solar powered aircraft ‘Solar Impulse-2’, which is in the city after its journey from Muscat, would be showcased to public tomorrow, according to the aircraft’s Twitter account.

“PUBLIC DAY: come see #SI2 (Solar Impulse-2) in its #Ahmedabad tent tomorrow at 7:30 AM,” said a statement on Solar Impulse-2’s Twitter account.

However, it would be kept in the open only for an hour or two, said sources associated with the project.

The globetrotting ‘Solar Impulse 2’ aircraft made a landing at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel International Airport here since Tuesday night, 15 hours after it took off from Muscat.

Andre Borschberg, the project co-founder and pilot of SI-2, besides its co-pilot as well as president Bertrand Piccard, who are in the city, are likely to stay here for two more days.

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Meanwhile, a sudden change of weather and untimely clouds in the city’s sky as well as a thunderstorm-like atmosphere today led the ‘Solar Impulse-2’ team to work voluntarily in the dark.

“Solar team now working in the dark: voluntarily power outrage because of risks of thunderstorms in Ahmedabad in India,” said the Twitter account of SI-2, with a picture showing the aircraft in the dark.

SI-2 reached Muscat on Tuesday, nearly 13 hours after it left Abu Dhabi.

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From Ahmedabad SI-2 is scheduled to fly to Varanasi, and from there it would go to Mandalay in Myanmar as well as Chongqing and Nanjing in China and thereafter to the USA.

First published on: 12-03-2015 at 08:59:46 pm
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