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It’s humanism we want to talk to you about. We want to encourage the pioneering spirit, the inquiring mind, the exploration of new ways of thinking and acting. And above all to bring together those who are trying to make life worth living, so as to give them a voice.

 

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Very few people find fulfillment in the materialist, short-term orientation of our modern civilization.

Society no longer dares to talk about existential questions. The political parties reflect a social fabric that is more divided than ever before. Sophisticated methods of communication make for very superficial relations between people. And the way globalization is developing runs counter to social values.  And yet every human being, no matter what his situation, has dreams to realize, a life-path to follow, a need to discover, or rediscover a meaning for life if he is to find contentment. All people have some potential within them, however deeply it may be buried, and this must be developed if they are to progress confidently along their individual or family paths through life.    

The ultimate goal of Solar Impulse, beyond the adventure of flying a solar airplane round the world, or rather thanks to it, is to express a humanistic vision which devotes a major place to the pioneering spirit, to the questing mind and to innovation in our everyday lives. For this purpose, we want to bring together and give a voice to all those who share our beliefs -  that the survival of our planet depends on sustainable development; that nature can be protected without fanatical environmentalism; that individual initiative cannot be dissociated from social responsibility; that ethical values and respect for the environment must prevail in the worlds of commerce, finance and politics;  that respect is not an outdated moral precept; and that spirituality does not necessarily entail dogmatism.

Solar Impulse is dedicated to all those who want to work with us to support these ideals.

Get your collector's badge today!

It's here! The special edition Little Prince-Solar Impulse badge is now on sale! You might have noticed it during the last leg of the Across America mission on both Bertrand and Andre's pilot suits. The badge and the special edition ...

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It's here! The special edition Little Prince-Solar Impulse badge is now on sale! You might have noticed it during the last leg of the Across America mission on both Bertrand and Andre's pilot suits. The badge and the special edition of the Little Prince landed in New York City to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the publication of this world renowned book.

Designed by Solar Impulse and the Antoine de Saint-Exupery Youth Foundation, the proceeds from the sale of this exclusive badge will finance both Foundations' educational activities.

Click here to get this collector's edition badge today! Help youth around the world learn about humanism, sustainable development and pioneering spirit!

Rally with us

Many of you have told us you would like to buy Solar Impulse flight gear or meet and talk to the pilots.

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Many of you have told us you would like to buy Solar Impulse flight gear or meet and talk to the pilots. This might be your chance to get one or the other!  

Anyone is eligible - all you have to do is donate or raise an equivalent amount from your own network through Rally.org, our fundraising partner. If you donate or raise $50, you will receive a Solar Impulse Across America limited edition patch. Donate or raise $500 and you will receive a choice of rewards, either VIP tickets to an event in Washington D.C. or New York City OR a personalized Solar Impulse team bag!

Best of all, the proceeds will go to a good cause -- Solar Impulse educational events for students. Presentations at schools and hangar events are a big part of our time on the ground during our Across America flight and we want to continue to offer these educational events free of charge.  A $25 donation pays for one student, so every donation matters.

Your support helps us succeed. Please give to help share our story!

André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard

André and Bertrand on the front page of the internet

André and Bertrand are going to do an AMA (Ask me Anything) on Reddit.com Friday 1:00 pm ET / 10:00am PT/ 19 :00 CET. They will take all your questions for 1 hour!

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André and Bertrand are going to do an AMA (Ask me Anything) on Reddit.com Friday 1:00 pm ET / 10:00am PT/ 19 :00 CET. They will take all your questions for 1 hour!

This is the unique opportunity to ask everything you ever wanted to know about Solar Impulse! Here is the link to participate: http://bit.ly/18D9ebf

Past and present in the cockpit

As the elegant solar airplane, piloted by Bertrand Piccard, is slowly making its way to the first destination on this 2013 Across America adventure, it’s worth mentioning all the things that are travelling with him to keep him company.

There are five symbolic objects accompanying Bertrand on this journey, which ...

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As the elegant solar airplane, piloted by Bertrand Piccard, is slowly making its way to the first destination on this 2013 Across America adventure, it’s worth mentioning all the things that are travelling with him to keep him company.

There are five symbolic objects accompanying Bertrand on this journey, which will also fly with André on future legs. In fact, these objects are an integral part of this coast-to-coast flight.

  • Small piece of fabric from the historical Vin Fiz Flyer – the first aircraft to cross the United States in 1911, New York to California, piloted by Calbraith Perry Rodgers. It was the first flyer to be sold to a private citizen by the Wright brothers, who also trained Calbraith as a pilot in only 90 minutes. The Vin Fiz took 3 months to cross the United States at a speed of 45-55 mph (72-88 km/h) with over 15 crashes.
  • Explorer’s Club Flag N°50 – The same flag travelled to Morocco onboard HB-SIA during the 2012 Crossing Frontiers mission. Flag n°50 has certainly seen more of the world than the solar airplane: it’s been accompanying world renowned explorers on the most diverse missions since 1932 – from Asia to Africa, to Easter Island and the Caucasus. Bertrand is a third generation explorer as both his grandfather and father were members of the Club who also carried a flag on their expeditions. 
  • Clean Generation Flag – The 2013 Across America mission acts also as the launching of a global initiative to gather support for the adoption of clean technologies. Solar Impulse is the Ambassador of technological innovation and the project’s co-founders, Bertrand and André, are seeking to raise awareness worldwide in support of a more sustainable future. Thousands of Supporters are already part of this people-powered movement. With each stopover, a “Clean Generation” flag with the name of the destination will be left as a souvenir to the pioneering cities that have chosen to host Solar Impulse.
  • Supporters Across America – As part of the “Clean Generation” initiative, the name of all the Supporters’ will be virtually carried by the pilots André and Bertrand, city to city, in the cockpit via a USB key. As more Supporters join, more names will be added as proof of growing awareness.
  • Nilsie the Mascott – A WWF stuffed animal representing a meerkat joined the team at the end of the 2012 Crossing Frontiers mission. The Solar Impulse Ground Crew purchased it as a gift to their esteemed team leader, Nils, who’s always running around, taking care of his team, ensuring everything is proceeding smoothly. His short stature makes him stand tall, alert, constantly checking out what’s going on, just like a meerkat. Nilsie the Mascott is therefore a respected and important passenger of this year’s mission. 

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