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With nine successful flights logged, Solar Impulse 2 is about to enter a new phase in the preparations for its round-the-world flight!

This week-end, Markus Scherdel will make the first high-altitude flight, climbing to more than 20,000 feet (6,000 meters). He will remain airborne for between 12 and 13 hours. This is a further important step forward, enabling the aircraft’s behaviour to be evaluated and studied at high altitudes, where the air starts ...

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This week-end, Markus Scherdel will make the first high-altitude flight, climbing to more than 20,000 feet (6,000 meters). He will remain airborne for between 12 and 13 hours. This is a further important step forward, enabling the aircraft’s behaviour to be evaluated and studied at high altitudes, where the air starts becoming less dense. Until now, the airplane has displayed very stable characteristics, and I’m crossing my fingers that this will remain the case up there aloft!

This phase involves important challenges. Having carried out flights lasting two or three hours, we are now going to test a new area of the flight envelope for the first time: higher altitude and higher airspeed, lower air density. With such an enormous wingspan, the risk of flutter (aeroelasticity) is high. So the forthcoming flight does involve certain risks. This tenth flight will also evaluate the insulation of the cockpit, since the external temperature will drop to about

-20°C. Markus will have to fly the airplane despite experiencing more challenging conditions. Our flight testing team will be carefully monitoring the functioning of the solar generators, the oxygen system, and the Pilot Assistance System (a kind of auto-pilot) from the Mission Control Center (MCC).

The third #VirginDisruptors debate took place on 22 September 2014 in New York! For an hour and a quarter, Bertrand Piccard debated the future of the transport industry with Richard Branson, George T. Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic, Jerry Sanders, President and CEO of SkyTran, and Amory Lovins, co-founder and President Emeritus of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

The way we move around is being transformed ... But are we changing fast enough to provide concrete solutions to the global problems facing humanity, such as climate change, overpopulation and urban planning? Watch a summary of the debate here

Bertrand ...

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The way we move around is being transformed ... But are we changing fast enough to provide concrete solutions to the global problems facing humanity, such as climate change, overpopulation and urban planning? Watch a summary of the debate here

Bertrand spoke in particular about his vision of the future of the transportation industry. "Half the energy the world uses is lost due to outdated technology. Adopting new technology would yield massive energy savings.”

Bertrand’s message of hope echoed that of Sir Richard Branson, who in addition to being a sponsor of our project, is convinced that "aviation will in future be one of the cleanest industries, not one of the dirtiest."Just imagine what a powerful demonstration of technology Solar Impulse will be for millions of people in all nations when it flies around the world in 2015!

 

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