RE-LIVE THE #FIRSTFLIGHT
3:45am CEST Ground Crew team, responsible of handling the plane on the runway, takes part in one last briefing.
4:15am CEST Roll-out of Solar Impulse 2 by the Ground Team: #Si2 is put in position on the Runway 05.
4:20am CEST Weather is not as good as planned, but Mission Control Center (MCC) give their green light for the flight.
4:30am CEST Test Pilot Markus Scherdel is getting ready and puts on his pilot equipment.
4:50am CEST Test Pilot heads out to the car, taking him to the Aircraft on the runway of Payerne Airfield.
5:28am CEST Run-up of the engines starts. Tension is gradually building up.
5:36am CEST Solar Impulse lifts off from Payerne Airfield in Switzerland.
5:38am CEST What an emotion for the team to see the result of 10 years of engineering and research actually fly!
5:39am CEST From one of the chasing cars on the runway. First instants of magic.
5:47am CEST Let's go inside the Mission Control Center (MCC) while #Si2 is now above our heads.
6:14am CEST While #Si2 performs maneuvers, MCC follows closely the telemetry.
7:46am CEST After more than 2 hours of flight, #Si2 prepares for landing, gear is down, let's wait a few more minutes!
7:53am CEST Congratulations Markus you made it! #Si2 touches down after 2 hours 17 minutes.
7:59am CEST Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are welcoming test Pilot Markus!
8:21am CEST The whole team gathers around the airplane to celebrate!
11:57am CEST Champagne and BBQ time and fun moment: Markus is better at flying #Si2 than opening bottles!