For the first time in history, an airplane has succeeded in flying night and day without fuel, powered by nothing but solar energy. Record-breaking flights across Europe, the Mediterranean Sea and the United States brought worldwide attention to the Solar Impulse endeavor, launched by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, proving the enormous potential of clean technologies to protect the natural resources of our planet, and the importance of pioneering spirit to create a brighter future. 2015 is the year Solar Impulse has been working towards: the attempt of the First Round-The-World Solar Flight.
From San Francisco (Silicon Valley) to New York, more than 8,5 billion media impressions related Solar Impulse's endeavor to promote renewable energies› Re-live the Across America Mission
In spring 2012, Bertrand and André achieved the First intercontinental flight, covering 6'000km without a drop of fuel, from Switzerland to Ouarzazate, via Madrid, Rabat and Toulouse › Now boarding for Morocco 2012
8 FAI WORLD RECORDS, INCLUDING
Absolute height: 9235 m (30300 feet)
Duration: 26 hours, 10 minutes, 19 seconds
Free distance: 1506.5 km (936 miles)
Height gain: 8744 m (28690 feet)
Free Distance along a course: 1116 km (693.5 miles)
Straight distance, pre-declared waypoints: 1386.5 km (861 miles)
Distance along a course, pre-declared waypoints: 1487.6 km (924 miles)
First Flight of Manned Solar Powered Aircraft
We don’t know whether to laugh or cry… We’ve just fallen short on our direct China-Hawaii flight, this flight of 6 days and 6 nights that André had so been looking forward to. The weather forecasts suddenly turned bad and got the better of our ambitions, forcing us to divert Solar Impulse ...
We don’t know whether to laugh or cry… We’ve just fallen short on our direct China-Hawaii flight, this flight of 6 days and 6 nights that André had so been looking forward to. The weather forecasts suddenly turned bad and got the better of our ambitions, forcing us to divert Solar Impulse 2 to Nagoya, Japan. There was a diplomatic ballet worthy of a thriller to obtain authorizations to land and inflate our mobile hangar, where, 36 hours earlier, we had struggled to get permission just to over-fly. All this almost makes us forget that Si2 beat the solar aviation distance and duration records, flying 2,600 km in 44 hours. And what is more - a great deal more - that it was airborne for two days and nights without any fuel! This shows that the perpetual flight I dreamed about when initiating this project 16 years ago is possible. It’s a validation not only of a vision, but also of all the hard work done by the technical team under André’s direction. So, in a way, this should be the happiest day of our lives, or in any event the most important. Until the next stages of our world tour ... coming soon, I hope.
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