First round-the-world solar flight takes off from UAE |

The plane is only as heavy as a family car (2,300 kg, 5,100 pounds) but has a wingspan as wide as the largest passenger airliner. Its journey will span approximately 25 flight days broken up into 12 legs at speeds between 50 and 100 km (30 to 60 miles) per hour.

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As it circles the world, aiming to arrive back in Abu Dhabi in July, its progress can be monitored via live video streaming at http://www.solarimpulse.com.

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