Abu Dhabi -- The world’s first entirely solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) achieved the low weight that will aid its journey from Bayer MaterialScience - Covestro as of October 2015 - technology.
The plane, which left Abu Dhabi to embark on its 35,000km global flight earlier today, uses BMS lightweight insulation in its cockpit. Baytherm Microcell boasts thermal insulation properties up to 10% above current standards, according to BMS.
Baytherm Microcell was also used for the aircraft door, while the rest of the cockpit shell comprises a different type of rigid polyurethane foam from BMS.
BMS also supplied a polyurethane/carbon fibre composite material for the door locks and thin sheets of transparent polycarbonate for the window.
Outside of the cockpit, rigid polyurethane foam from BMS insulates the batteries.