The aircraft took off at 08.40 am (0640 GMT) the airfield in the town of Payerne (Switzerland) and landed around 21.40 hours (19.40 GMT) at Brussels airport on a flight which lasted thirteen hours. The pilot, André Borschberg, landed without problems after a long journey due to the reduced speed of the aircraft, 70 miles per hour maximum, which was sometimes lower due to the winds.
Because of this low speed, the Belgian authorities designed air traffic air corridor and a special schedule that the device had no problems with commercial aircraft, which could cause problems for air travel. Prince Felipe, heir to the Belgian throne, watched the landing from the air, aboard a helicopter.
The Solar Impulse concentrated sophisticated technology that allows you to fly without fossil fuel reserves and only solar energy, captured by 12,000 photovoltaic cells, which move four engines of a power of ten horses each. Last July, a milestone in solar aviation to complete a flight of more than 26 continuous hours, during which time he held in the air thanks exclusively to the sun’s energy that had caught the day, beating the record time flight apparatus of his nature. It also surpassed the absolute altitude (8,700 meters) altitude gain (in 11 hours and 53 minutes won the height up to 8,261 meters).