The only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel.
Our challenge is to attempt the First Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. A way for Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and their team to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world.
And you, would you like to a be a pioneer in your own life?
A family heritage of exploration and pioneering spirit. A vision born in Bertrand Piccard's mind after the success of the first non-stop round the world balloon flight. The friendship with André Borschberg, engineer and entrepreneur, who leads the technical team. The commitment of 2 men who want to move the world.
The construction of the prototype: Solar Impulse 1. The development of Solar Impulse 2, the boldest airplane of our time. The attempt to achieve the first Round-The-World Solar Flight. The incredible technological and human challenges.
Before the attempt of flying around the world in 2015 with Solar Impulse 2, the first prototype already achieved successful flight missions across Europe, Morocco, and the United States. Each landing was the opportunity to reach out to governments, NGOs, universities and schools to spread the message about clean technologies.
«With each of their great "firsts", the explorers of the last century constantly pushed back the limits of the impossible. Today, the drive to make new discoveries must go on, with the aim of improving the quality of life on our planet.»
The Swiss Federal Department of Energy, through its national action programme, SwissEnergy, will support the Energy and Climate Pioneers - an initiative that Swisscom began in 2010 together with Solar Impulse and myclimate.
Education has always been close to the heart of the Solar Impulse co-founders, Bertrand and André. What a privilege to speak about clean technologies to hundreds of young people at once. Classes from across Switzerland that have completed an environmental-friendly project are invited to gather together for one day of shared learning in Bern on the 25th of November. Their projects have been conceived in one of five categories: mobility, energy, nutrition, knowledge and artwork.
“The most renewable energy we have is our own potential and our own passion. The opportunity to demonstrate energy efficiency gives the tools that will provide a sustainable future,” said Bertrand Piccard in advance of the 2014 event. “The achievements of these young Climate Pioneers in previous years has been an inspirational example of what can be achieved. SwissEnergy will be a great partner to spread this initiative right across Switzerland. And can you imagine if other countries would follow the Swiss example given by Swisscom”.
11,438 children in Switzerland have become Climate Pioneers since the initiative started, creating 512 projects so far! The additional input of SwissEnergy means that double the number of classes can benefit from motivational lessons, opening up the initiative also to secondary schools for the first time. To find out more about the school resources from the Energy and Climate Pioneers, see their official website: www.energie-klimapioniere.ch
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Of course, my experience as an explorer has influenced me, and explains the questioning tone of curiosity reflected throughout the chapters. But the subject is life, communication, autohypnosis, crisis management, and spirituality, all from the angle of the different altitudes and visions of the world that give you more freedom to think and act. These may even give us the will to try new and more creative behavior in order to live better on a daily basis. I really enjoyed writing this book; sitting with a pen in front of a block of paper and being able to write down the ideas that I have been accumulating for years. My aim has been to make a practical booklet, with examples and concrete propositions to incentivize change and evolution.
You tell me whether I succeeded!
«Just imagine your energy reserves increasing during flight! To make this dream a reality, we had to make maximum use of every single watt supplied by the sun, storing any surplus in our batteries.»
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