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Two men, both pioneers, innovators and pilots, are the driving force behind Solar Impulse.

  • Bertrand Piccard, a doctor, psychiatrist, explorer and aeronaut, who made the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, is the initiator and chairman.
  • André Borschberg, an engineer and graduate in management science, a fighter pilot and a professional airplane and helicopter pilot, is the co-founder and CEO.

The former’s avant-gardist vision and the latter’s entrepreneurial and managerial experience are an ideal combination.

Bertrand Piccard

President, initiator and pilot of Solar Impulse.

  • Born in a dynasty of explorers and scientists who conquered the heights and the depths of our planet.
  • Psychiatrist specialised in hypnosis
  • International motivational speaker
  • Initiator of the Breitling Orbiter project and captain of the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, capturing 7 FAI world records for the longest flight of the entire aviation's history for both distance and duration.
  • Pioneer of hang-gliding and microlight flying in Europe; European hang-glider aerobatics champion.

Read more about Bertrand Piccard, connect to Bertrand Piccard's website, facebook fanpage, google+ page, twitter profile.

André Borschberg

CEO, co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse.

  • Engineer from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
  • Graduate of the Sloan School (MIT) in management science
  • Entrepreneur specialised in start-up companies
  • Trained as Swiss air force pilot
  • 8 FAI world records for distance, altitude and duration in a solar airplane

Read more about André Borschberg, follow him on google+twitter, facebook.

This Friday, September 5th, will live long in my memory. This evening at around 18h, after spending more than three years organizing, thinking, and supervising our engineering team as they built #Si2, I will fly it for the first time.

This maiden flight in Si2 will be a very special moment for me. One more step towards the launch of our round-the-world flight. I am delighted that Bertrand too will make his first flight in the coming days and we’ll be able to share our impressions!

When I observe the progress made since the first main-spar ...

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This maiden flight in Si2 will be a very special moment for me. One more step towards the launch of our round-the-world flight. I am delighted that Bertrand too will make his first flight in the coming days and we’ll be able to share our impressions!

When I observe the progress made since the first main-spar (the wing’s backbone) fractured during a load test in 2012, I am full of admiration for the energy displayed by the entire team: Mission Across America in 2013 with Si1; Si2 assembly; presentation in April, first flight in June, virtual flight around the world this spring ... And it's not over yet! There are still quite a few test flights to be carried out, and what’s more we still have to organize all the national government approvals needed before we can begin our journey on March 1st next year.

Come watch the take-off at around 6pm (UTC +2) at Payerne airbase, as part of AIR 14.


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