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Solar Impulse 2 took off for its maiden flight on Monday June 2nd. It is a great moment for everyone who has built this revolutionary solar airplane. #Si2 has now been approved by the authorities, and is ready for this summer’s test flights. All of this hard work to reach next year our ultimate goal: the attempt of the First Round-The-World Solar Flight... only powered by solar energy.

RE-LIVE THE #FIRSTFLIGHT

3:45am CEST Ground Crew team, responsible of handling the plane on the runway, takes part in one last briefing.

4:15am CEST Roll-out of Solar Impulse 2 by the Ground Team: #Si2 is put in position on the Runway 05.

4:20am CEST Weather is not as good as planned, but Mission Control Center (MCC) give their green light for the flight.

4:30am CEST Test Pilot Markus Scherdel is getting ready and puts on his pilot equipment.

4:50am CEST Test Pilot heads out to the car, taking him to the Aircraft on the runway of Payerne Airfield.

5:28am CEST Run-up of the engines starts. Tension is gradually building up.

5:36am CEST Solar Impulse lifts off from Payerne Airfield in Switzerland.

5:38am CEST What an emotion for the team to see the result of 10 years of engineering and research actually fly!

5:39am CEST From one of the chasing cars on the runway. First instants of magic.

5:47am CEST Let's go inside the Mission Control Center (MCC) while #Si2 is now above our heads.

6:14am CEST While #Si2 performs maneuvers, MCC follows closely the telemetry.

7:46am CEST After more than 2 hours of flight, #Si2 prepares for landing, gear is down, let's wait a few more minutes!

7:53am CEST Congratulations Markus you made it! #Si2 touches down after 2 hours 17 minutes.

7:59am CEST Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are welcoming test Pilot Markus!

8:21am CEST The whole team gathers around the airplane to celebrate!

11:57am CEST Champagne and BBQ time and fun moment: Markus is better at flying #Si2 than opening bottles!

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A successful #FirstFlight for #Si2

Payerne (Switzerland), 2 June 2014: Solar Impulse 2, the solar aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, today carried out its first flight out of the Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland.

The revolutionary single-seater aircraft, with which Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are attempting to carry out the first solar-powered flight around the world in 2015, has successfully completed its maiden flight this morning in Payerne. For 2 hours and 17 minutes, professional test pilot Markus Scherdel was able to trial the aircraft’s performance in the skies. The initial results are in line with calculations and simulations. There will be several other flights taking place in the coming months in order for this experimental machine to attain certification.

  • Pilot: Markus Scherdel
  • Take-off time: 2 June 2014 5h36min CET
  • Landing time: 2 June 2014 7h53min CET
  • Flight duration: 2h 17 minutes
  • Highest altitude reached: 1670 m (5500 ft)
  • Average ground speed: 55.6 km/h (30 kt)

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.

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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+.

Solar Impulse rewards its test pilot, Markus Scherdel, for the first flight of Solar Impulse 2

This morning, the Solar Impulse 2 successfully completed its first flight, on board, the test pilot Markus Scherdel, who was also the first, back in 2009, to take command of the Solar Impulse 1.

To thank and congratulate him, Solar Impulse wished, in collaboration with Omega, main partner ...

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This morning, the Solar Impulse 2 successfully completed its first flight, on board, the test pilot Markus Scherdel, who was also the first, back in 2009, to take command of the Solar Impulse 1.

To thank and congratulate him, Solar Impulse wished, in collaboration with Omega, main partner of the project, and according to tradition in the aviation, to offer him a symbolic gift.

It was during the team celebration that Claude Nicollier, Head of Flight Test Operations, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg offered Markus an Omega Speedmaster HB-SIA watch engraved with his name and the mention “First Flight Si2”. Again, congratulations Markus!

Solar Impulse High Speed Taxi Test of Sunday June 1st 2014 has a very special meaning, in memory of Wubbo Johannes Ockels, as a dear friend, colleague, and explorer.

Wubbo Johannes Ockels (March 28, 1946 – May 18, 2014) was a Dutch physicist and astronaut of the ESA (European Space Agency).
He was selected in 1978 in “Classe 1”, as one of three European astronauts to train for the Spacelab 1 mission at NASA, together with the German astronaut Ulf Merbold ...
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Wubbo Johannes Ockels (March 28, 1946 – May 18, 2014) was a Dutch physicist and astronaut of the ESA (European Space Agency).
He was selected in 1978 in “Classe 1”, as one of three European astronauts to train for the Spacelab 1 mission at NASA, together with the German astronaut Ulf Merbold and a close friend, Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier (currently leading Flight Test Operations in the Solar Impulse team).


As part of his scientific career, Ockels also was a teacher of Sustainable Engineering and technology at Delft University of Technology. As an early supporter of clean technologies, he participated in sustainable energy projects such as Airborne Wind Energy, and Nuon Solar Team.

The Permit to Fly just arrived! The Federal Office of Civil Aviation has studied the technical documents prepared by André's engineers and has given the green light.

It's a great moment for everyone who has built this revolutionary solar airplane to know it has been approved by the authorities. We now have to find the good weather slot on Payerne Airport : no wind and clear sky.

Some taxi tests tomorrow (28/05) and Thursday on the runway, and the first ...

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It's a great moment for everyone who has built this revolutionary solar airplane to know it has been approved by the authorities. We now have to find the good weather slot on Payerne Airport : no wind and clear sky.

Some taxi tests tomorrow (28/05) and Thursday on the runway, and the first takeoff in a few days.

Useless to describe the excitement here in our team, maybe you share it if you are a Supporter of our project.

Find Bertrand Piccard on Google+.


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