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OUR STORY

In the footsteps of the great aeronautical firsts, Solar Impulse intends to achieve the First Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015, after 12 years of research, tests and development. No fuel, but only solar energy and technologies of the future, to prove that pioneering spirit and innovation can really change the world.

EXPLORATION TO CHANGE THE WORLD

The Solar Impulse pioneers have set out to achieve something that still seems impossible today: the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, powered only by the sun, with no fuel or polluting emissions. 

Our aim: Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg do not plan to revolutionize the aviation industry but instead to demonstrate that the actual alternative energy sources and new technologies can achieve what some consider impossible. Solar Impulse wants to mobilize public enthusiasm in favor of technologies that will allow decreased dependance on fossil fuels, and induce positive emotions about renewable energies.

Solar Impulse also wants to encourage and inspire each and every one of us to become pioneers and explorers in our own lives, and to invent a brighter future.

AT THE CONTROLS

The Pilots: two pioneers and innovators, both pilots, came together to drive forward Solar Impulse: Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. The former’s avant-gardist vision and skills as a communicator and the latter’s entrepreneurial experience complement each other ideally.

- Bertrand Piccard, the doctor, psychiatrist, explorer and aeronaut who made the first ever non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, is its founder and chairman. With Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard is continuing his family's history of adventure, from the exploration of the stratosphere (Auguste Piccard) and the ocean depths (Jacques Piccard) to his own round-the-world balloon flight. 

- André Borschberg, engineer by education and graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in management science, a trained fighter pilot and professional airplane and helicopter pilot, is the CEO.

Team and Partners: the Solar Impulse team is about 90 people, including 30 engineers, 25 technicians and 22 mission controllers, supported financially and technologically by over a hundred partners and advisers.

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PATRICK EBERLE

Electrical Engineer ETH

I’m supporting the certification process.

Biography:

  • After education in electrical ...
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PATRICK EBERLE

Electrical Engineer ETH

I’m supporting the certification process.

Biography:

  • After education in electrical engineering at the ETH Zurich I have been working as a software developer and project manager for twenty years.
  • Coming from the machine manufacturing and automotive industries, developing aircrafts is a new experience for me.
  • I’m divorced and have a daughter.

Amazers is a community-driven platform that teams up with inspiring influencers from all genres to create empowering challenges that can be taken on by anyone.

Ready to take the challenge Amazers and Bertrand Piccard have created for you? Here is the message Bertrand wrote to introduce what it is all about:

Hi everyone!

I'm very excited to have you here – thanks so much for stopping by! My challenge to you is all ...

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Ready to take the challenge Amazers and Bertrand Piccard have created for you? Here is the message Bertrand wrote to introduce what it is all about:

Hi everyone!

I'm very excited to have you here – thanks so much for stopping by! My challenge to you is all about dreaming big, believing in yourself and facing your fears. It is designed for all those of you who want to achieve their goals and are looking to be inspired by like-minded people. I can’t wait to see you get started – so click “COUNT ME IN!” and accept my challenge!

 

 

 

CHALLENGE INFORMATION

Steps: This challenge is split into three consecutive steps that are all built upon each other. During each step, you will have seven days to post your submission; depending on the step, this may be something written or an image.
Guidance: Throughout the entire challenge, Bertrand will explain you the required actions of each step and provide you with the WHY you need to undertake them, by highlighting his personal experiences and lessons learned.
Community: You will participate in the challenge together with a community of 30 other people. See the below "How It Works" section for more information.
Requirements: No specific requirements are needed for this challenge – all you need is an open mindset!
Rewards: Solar Impulse will be giving out a number of unique rewards to participants who complete the challenge. The grand prize of the challenge will be to travel to Switzerland to meet Bertrand Piccard and see the Solar Impulse 2 airplane.

HOW IT WORKS

Our challenges are more inspiring and empowering when they are undertaken with other people. That’s why we have built a system that creates a new Challenge Community every time 30 users accept a challenge. This way, users start challenges at the same time, grouped in communities of 30 people in which they can engage amongst each other throughout the entire experience. Technically speaking, this means that a challenge can have an unlimited amount of participants while keeping the all-important community feeling within each of its individual communities of 30 people.

Skyguide, the Swiss air navigation services provider, is proud to partner with Solar Impulse by delivering its expertise in aeronautical information and airspace management. As a focused innovator working hard to offer safe and sustainable solutions in our core business, we are proud to support and foster Solar Impulse’s pioneering spirit.

Solar Impulse is working hard to bring the aviation industry to the next level – a more sustainable one. Like Solar Impulse, skyguide believes in a sustainable aviation economy and is committed to reducing the use of fossil energy through improvements to airspace design and management in Swiss and FABEC airspace at ...

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Solar Impulse is working hard to bring the aviation industry to the next level – a more sustainable one. Like Solar Impulse, skyguide believes in a sustainable aviation economy and is committed to reducing the use of fossil energy through improvements to airspace design and management in Swiss and FABEC airspace at the core of Europe.

Our investments of financial, human and technological resources are high and rely on a good network of partners. Skyguide has been contributing to Solar Impulse’s vision from its beginning by providing its expertise and manpower.

By building a productive relationship with key administrations such as FOCA or Swiss Air Force skyguide facilitates Solar Impulse activities in terms of clearances, authorizations and validations. By orderly integrating Solar Impulse experimental planes into the regular civil and military air traffic, skyguide provides the necessary safety for Solar Impulse pilots and other users of the airspace.

Solar Impulse 2 #FirstFlight is an important stage - a step closer towards the round-the-world flight.

It is also a huge emotional step for the entire team and all our partners who have worked on the aircraft. Si2 incorporates a vast amount of new technology to render it more efficient, reliable and in particular better adapted to long haul flights. It is the first aircraft which will have almost unlimited endurance.

Throughout ...

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It is also a huge emotional step for the entire team and all our partners who have worked on the aircraft. Si2 incorporates a vast amount of new technology to render it more efficient, reliable and in particular better adapted to long haul flights. It is the first aircraft which will have almost unlimited endurance.

Throughout such an innovative project, each stage is a leap into the unknown. #FirstFlight suspense was at a high! The results show that our team of engineers can be very proud of the work it has accomplished during the last 10 years.

Bertrand Piccard @ Google+.

André Borschberg @ Google+.


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