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 Cloak of Consciousness is a reminder of our collective responsibility to act for positive change in our world,” said Bertrand Piccard. “This year we can really combine our momentum and show how many voices are committed to using clean energy,” continued André Borschberg.
The Chromy Award is a small replica of the Cloak of Conscience - a five meter high sculpture carved into a single stone block from the renowned Cave Michelangelo. Sculpted by world-renowned artist Anna Chromy, the Cloak of Conscience represents our spiritual and moral achievements in life, particularly those that demonstrate environmental preservation and human rights promotion.
It was fitting that Anna Chromy chose the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, hosted by solar Impulse’s Host Partner Masdar, to present this award; highlighting a shared vision for widespread renewable energy to be used in our daily lives.
More information about the award and Anna Chromy can be found at: http://chromys.annachromy.com/
«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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