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.»
Solar Impulse 2 has achieved its #FirstFlight on Monday, June 2nd. Don't miss the next summer flights: follow us on www.solarimpulse.com, or make sure to leave your email or follow us on social network to get updates.!
Take a look at the Round-the-World Solar Airplane and listen to a lecture by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg every Saturday and Sunday of the air show.
A large crowd is expected at the airfield, so we have set up a "Speedy Boarding" system for our Supporters to enable you to avoid any wait to enter our hangar (Download it here). You just have to register and print out the entry permit, and then present that at the entrance to the hangar so as to avoid having to queue!
Please note that this entry permit does not exempt you from paying the entry fee for the airshow.
Every weekend, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will give a talk from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. under the wings of the aircraft. Come along and share their passion!
Weekend : 07:00- 19:00
Weekdays : 08:00 – 18:00
Throughout the 10 days of the Air Show, the #Si2 hangar was open to the public, who had an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of innovation and clean technologies thanks to an interactive exhibition. Visitors could also get right up close to the airplane, and have their photos taken sitting in a mock-up of the cockpit!
The founders and pilots of Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, were thrilled to have the chance to spread their pioneering message to such large and enthusiastic crowd of people. They took the stage personally to give a presentation about their aircraft, before answering numerous questions about the round-the-world flight, which now looms near.
Solar Impulse takes this opportunity to offer its warmest congratulations to Colonel Ian Logan and his team of organisers at #Air14, who gave enormous pleasure to hundreds of thousands of spectators.
#Air14 in numbers:
-184 flight demonstrations, among which 2 by #Si2
-1 taxi test by André Borschberg
-3'300 mock cockpit selfies
-500 "#Si2 caps" sold
«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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