‘Falcon Eye’ to catch offenders
Solar Impulse 2 - the solar plane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg - is to return to Abu Dhabi in the coming days after successfully touching down in Egypt yesterday.
Borschberg arrived at Cairo International Airport at 7.10am local time after an iconic moment flying over the pyramids.
The plane had spent two days and days nights over the Mediterranean after setting off from Seville. This flight marks the penultimate leg of the first roundthe-world solar flight.
It was also Borschberg’s last flight of the journey as he will hand over the controls to Piccard for the final leg to the UAE capital.
Borschberg said: “This was an emotional and meaningful leg for me, being able to enjoy once more the incredible sensation of flying day and night thanks only to the energy of the sun and enjoying fully the present moment.
“But it also brought back many memories about the project: from the moment I heard about Bertrand’s incredible vision of a plane with perpetual endurance, to the creativity, motivation and spirit demonstrated by the entire team and partners throughout this adventure.”
The team will wait for the weather to be right but provisionally hope to touch down on Sunday in Abu Dhabi where the adventure began in March 2015. Authorities in Abu Dhabi will be able to tap into CCTV cameras across the city as part of efforts to improve safety and crack down on bad drivers. The ‘Falcon Eye’ system has been launched by the The Abu Dhabi Monitoring and Control Centre. State news agency WAM reported: “The system will help control roads by monitoring traffic violations such as the use of hard shoulders, illegal parking, and the misuse of roads, and by helping to deal with traffic accidents live. “The system will also monitor significant behaviours in the city such as public hygiene, and human assemblies in non-dedicated areas.” Last month, Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said 2,000 cameras are being used in a similar manner to catch bad drivers.
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