ABU DHABI, March 9, 2015 - The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) takes off from an airport in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), March 9, 2015. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, the Swiss co-founders and pilots of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) started their first solar-powered round-the-world flight on Monday in Abu Dhabi.

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The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) takes off from an airport in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), March 9, 2015.

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Staff of the Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) project in the control center at Monte Carlo of Monaco applause after the solar-powered aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on March 9, 2015.

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