The solar powered Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Abu Dhabi more than a year after taking off from there on its epic and historic round-the-world journey.
The overall goal of its mission was to fly around the world using only solar power, a feat that was finally achieved this week when pilot Bertrand Piccard touched down in Abu Dhabi after a 48 hour trip from Cairo.
Last summer, Solar Impulse 2 became the first solar plane to have crossed an ocean when it flew from Nagoya in Japan to Hawaii.
The plane – which was flown in turns by pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg – has a 72 meter wing span, around 17,000 solar cells covering its wings and weighs 2.3 tons.
While not the first solar plane, the team say Solar Impulse is the first to "fly day and night, without any fuel, only using energy stored in its batteries."
Speaking to CNBC shortly after completing their historic trip, pilot and chairman Bertrand Piccard said the round-the-world voyage had "some elating moments but also difficult moments, setbacks even, and this is the definition of adventure."