The Swiss aircraft, called Solar Impulse, finished the first leg of its flight on on Friday. It landed in Madrid for a technical halt 17 hours and 3 minutes after it took off from Payerne, Switzerland.
The plane has solar panels on its wings and other parts of its exterior, and these offer the energy for its process.
“The flight went very well, and thanks to the team of meteorologists, everything went according to the plan: it was astonishing,” Andre Borschberg, the pilot of the Solar Impulse aircraft, said in a statement on Friday.
The flight period for the first leg was 17 hours, 3 minutes, and 50 seconds. The standard ground speed was 89 km/h or 55.3 mph.
The scheme began in 2003 and is predictable to cost about $100 million over 10 years.