Solar Impulse takeoff

Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Abu Dhabi's executive airport Monday.

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Solar Impulse takeoff

The Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to begin its first leg.

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Monitoring the flight

You can monitor a variety of flight aspects at the SolarImpulse.com website. On Monday however,  during the first leg of a planned global circumnavigation, the website went offline.

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Battery status

You can check the Solar Impulse 2's battery status, including whether they're charging in the sun or discharging to power the plane's four electric motors.

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Solar Impulse in flight

The Solar Impulse flies its first segment of an attempt to circumnavigate the world.

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Solar Impulse aircraft status

If you're curious about whether the plane is banking, ascending or descending, the SolarImpulse.com website offers telemetry to see.

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Webcam view

André Borschberg, one of Solar Impulse's two pilots, is visible via a webcam.

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Solar Impulse LED lights

The Solar Impulse 2 uses energy-efficient LEDs. Its 72-meter wingspan is wider than that of a Boeing 747.

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Solar Impulse on approach

The Solar Impulse 2 descends to the runway in Oman. The plane's batteries charge during the day, letting it fly at night.

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Solar Impulse touches down

The Solar Impulse 2 touches down after a 13-hour flight. Winds meant the plane circled over the Sea of Oman until conditions were more favorable.

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Solar Impulse taxiing

Solar Impulse taxis along a runway in Oman after completing its first of 12 stages for a trip around the world.

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Telemetry by Twitter

The SolarImpulse.com website went down Monday, but the project organizers posted their own telemetry data on Twitter.

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Solar Impulse flight plan

The first trip in the round-the-world effort heads east from the United Arab Emirates to Oman. The batteries charge en route, a key part of the technology necessary to carry the plane through the night.

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Solar Impulse mission control

The mission control for the Solar Impulse 2 flight is in Switzerland.

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