Sun-powered aircrafthas completed its historic round-the-world trip, landing in Abu Dhabi having travelled the whole way around the globe using only solar energy.
The 17-stage journey began way back in March last year, and included a record-breaking solo flight from Japan to Hawaii. The aim of the successful mission was to bring attention to clean technologies, and prove that flying a plane using only sunlight was a genuine possibility.
Overheating batteries were just one of the many obstacles the team encountered during the voyage -- a glitch that led to a nine-month layover in Hawaii.
"The way it's built allows it to fly day and night without fuel," said Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard, in an in-flight interview with CNET's Stephen Beacham, conducted ahead of the historic landing.
"It's like a new era in aviation. Because it's the beginning it's difficult, it's challenging, there is no benchmark," Piccard said. "We had to invent something completely new."