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Sun-powered plane to attempt round-the-world trip from Abu Dhabi

A sun-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, will begin record-making bid from Abu Dhabi. The long-winged plane will begin its record-making bid in March with the aim of completing the trip by July.

Sun-powered plane to attempt round-the-world trip from Abu Dhabi
The Cockpit element of the solar-powered plane the Solar Impulse 2 is secured in place after being loaded to Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft on January 5, 2015 at Payerne airport. A sun-powered plane was loaded onto a cargo carrier in Switzerland late on January 5, 2015 for the Middle East from where it will attempt a revolutionary round-the-world trip. The carrier transporting Solar Impulse 2 is due to leave early on January 6, 2015 for Abu Dhabi, from where the long-winged plane will begin its record-making bid in March with the aim of completing the trip by July. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sun-powered plane to attempt round-the-world trip from Abu Dhabi
German test pilot Markus Scherdel lands the new experimental aircraft 'Solar Impulse 2', after its first flight at the airbase in Payerne, Switzerland, on June 2, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, 2014 weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sun-powered plane to attempt round-the-world trip from Abu Dhabi
A 24m long wing element of sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 is loaded to Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft on January 5, 2015 at Payerne airport. A sun-powered plane was loaded onto a cargo carrier in Switzerland late Monday for the Middle East from where it will attempt a revolutionary round-the-world trip. The carrier transporting Solar Impulse 2 is due to leave early Tuesday for Abu Dhabi, from where the long-winged plane will begin its record-making bid in March with the aim of completing the trip by July. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sun-powered plane to attempt round-the-world trip from Abu Dhabi
Solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft takes off during a test flight with Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard onboard on November 13, 2014 in Payerne. Piccard conducted one of the last test flights in Switzerland. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sun-powered plane to attempt round-the-world trip from Abu Dhabi
A cockpit element of sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 is loaded to Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft on January 5, 2015 at Payerne airport. A sun-powered plane was loaded onto a cargo carrier in Switzerland late on January 5, 2015 for the Middle East from where it will attempt a revolutionary round-the-world trip. The carrier transporting Solar Impulse 2 is due to leave early on January 6, 2015 for Abu Dhabi, from where the long-winged plane will begin its record-making bid in March with the aim of completing the trip by July. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sun-powered plane to attempt round-the-world trip from Abu Dhabi
The Cockpit element of the solar-powered plane the Solar Impulse 2 is loaded to Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft on January 5, 2015 at Payerne airport. A sun-powered plane was loaded onto a cargo carrier in Switzerland late on January 5, 2015 for the Middle East from where it will attempt a revolutionary round-the-world trip. The carrier transporting Solar Impulse 2 is due to leave early on January 6, 2015 for Abu Dhabi, from where the long-winged plane will begin its record-making bid in March with the aim of completing the trip by July. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sun-powered plane to attempt round-the-world trip from Abu Dhabi
A Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft lands at Payerne airport on January 5, 2015. The Boeing will carry solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft to Abu Dhabi where the attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will start on March 2015. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sun-powered plane to attempt round-the-world trip from Abu Dhabi
A 24m long wing element of solar-powered aircraft the Solar Impulse 2 is loaded to Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft on January 5, 2015 at Payerne airport. A sun-powered plane was loaded onto a cargo carrier in Switzerland late on January 5, 2015 for the Middle East from where it will attempt a revolutionary round-the-world trip. The carrier transporting Solar Impulse 2 is due to leave early on January 6, 2015 for Abu Dhabi, from where the long-winged plane will begin its record-making bid in March with the aim of completing the trip by July. (AFP/Getty Images)