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Myanmar welcomed Co-founder and CEO, André Borschberg, to further discussions about the potential route for the first Round-the-World solar flight.

Thein Sein, President of Myanmar, had taken the opportunity to meet the Solar Impulse team and see the second generation aircraft, Si2, during a visit to Switzerland last September. The Burmese President had been very enthusiastic about the possibility of Solar Impulse landing in Myanmar during the upcoming Round-the-World ...

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Thein Sein, President of Myanmar, had taken the opportunity to meet the Solar Impulse team and see the second generation aircraft, Si2, during a visit to Switzerland last September. The Burmese President had been very enthusiastic about the possibility of Solar Impulse landing in Myanmar during the upcoming Round-the-World solar flight that will start from Abu Dhabi in 2015.

Swiss Ambassador, Mr Christoph Burgener, organised an informal conference at the Swiss Embassy to explore the opportunity of landing there during the Round-The-World. The meeting was another good opportunity to explore how the message of Solar Impulse could be shared in Myanmar, and spirits were high as the route options were discussed.

André was extremely pleased to share enthusiasm with the delegation from Myanmar: Maung Maung Ohn, Chief Minister of Mandalay, H.E. U Soe Thane, Union Minister, President's Office, H.E. U Nyan Tun Aung, Union Minister for Transport and H.E. U Ye Htut, Union Minister for Information. Schindler's General Manager of Myanmar, Willis Phua, was also able to make a positive contribution through their strong regional presence.

During their visit to Myanmar, André and Gregory Blatt, Solar Impulse Managing Director, visited the revered pilgrimage destination of Mahamuni Buddha Temple. The temple houses one of the five likenesses of the Buddha, and the Solar Impulse delegation were grateful for the warm welcome and hospitality received within this historic setting.

"Solar energy is an incredibly powerful resource for a country like Myanmar," said André Borschberg. "The extended hours of sunshine give a great potential to efficiently supply the electricity network, and solar power is so versatile that it can quickly provide energy into remote areas. Solar Impulse demonstrates that this technology can push the boundaries of what many see as impossible."

The Solar Impulse team is really excited to develop the route for their attempt of the first Round-The-World Flight in 2015. Factors that influence the route include the forecast weather conditions and the status of international air traffic, and so it is important to establish the regional possibilities for flight routing and landings.

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This is the book of the doctor and of the psychotherapist that I wanted to write. Not the one of the pilot.

Of course, my experience as an explorer has influenced me, and explains the questioning tone of curiosity reflected throughout the chapters. But the subject is life, communication, autohypnosis, crisis management, and spirituality, all from the angle of the different altitudes and visions of the world that give you more ...

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Of course, my experience as an explorer has influenced me, and explains the questioning tone of curiosity reflected throughout the chapters. But the subject is life, communication, autohypnosis, crisis management, and spirituality, all from the angle of the different altitudes and visions of the world that give you more freedom to think and act. These may even give us the will to try new and more creative behavior in order to live better on a daily basis. I really enjoyed writing this book; sitting with a pen in front of a block of paper and being able to write down the ideas that I have been accumulating for years. My aim has been to make a practical booklet, with examples and concrete propositions to incentivize change and evolution.

You tell me whether I succeeded!

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As part of the UN Climate Summit in New York, the Solar Impulse founders were elated to announce Abu Dhabi as the start and finish point for the first Round-the-World solar flight to be attempted in 2015.

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg were just two of the delegation that included 120 Heads of State and Government, and over 800 leaders in business, finance and civil society responding to Ban Ki-moon's invitation. The spirit of the summit resonated around the world, including a gathering of 300,000 ...

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Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg were just two of the delegation that included 120 Heads of State and Government, and over 800 leaders in business, finance and civil society responding to Ban Ki-moon's invitation. The spirit of the summit resonated around the world, including a gathering of 300,000 supporters in the streets of New York.

The political momentum has gained since the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in 2009: while previously the delegates only recognized the existence of the problem, the summit in New York saw a more positive and determined commitment to financing low-carbon development and the adoption of clean technologies. Indeed, a fund of $200bn was agreed by a coalition of global leaders.

The only way to motivate people is to demonstrate the existence of solutions, not only to speak about the problem,” said Bertrand Piccard. “It was great to meet so many people acting to change the world,” continued André Borschberg.

The Solar Impulse founders announced Abu Dhabi as the host city, and Masdar as the host partner while standing alongside Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chairman of Masdar.

Bertrand and André were pleased to be back in New York just a year after completing their flight across America with Si1, the first generation Solar Impulse airplane. Their record-breaking journey in 2013 visited the cities of San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Washington and New York. Second generation Si2 will look to make stopovers across the USA as it attempts the first Round-The-World solar flight, commencing in March 2015.

The summit was really a positive time to develop the momentum for meaningful change in developing and adopting clean technologies, of which Solar Impulse is a pioneering example. The first Round-The-World solar flight will be bracketed by the forthcoming summit in Lima, later this year, and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of 2015.

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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!

 

I’d been looking forward to this moment impatiently! After all the missions flown in the first prototype Solar Impulse, I’ve finally got my hands on the controls of Si2, the actual round-the-world plane.

Since Markus, our test pilot, first flew it in June, followed by André about ten days ago, my impatience became more and more difficult to contain! When I climbed into the cockpit, I felt a mixture of excitement, concentration, and gratitude to all the team who had contributed to the construction of this technological ...

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Since Markus, our test pilot, first flew it in June, followed by André about ten days ago, my impatience became more and more difficult to contain! When I climbed into the cockpit, I felt a mixture of excitement, concentration, and gratitude to all the team who had contributed to the construction of this technological gem.

To familiarize myself with the aircraft, I started by doing some taxi trials on the runway. Then came the moment to set full power on all four electric motors… and to feel my heart-rate speed up slightly. Once I heard Nils, the ground team chief, say "Main wheel lift-off" in my headset, I could start an hour-long taming of this huge 72 meter wingspan monster. Nothing is done as in a normal plane, so the simulator training sessions really paid off. Then, I had to demonstrate three touchdowns in order to convince Raymond Clerc, my flight instructor. Followed by a champagne celebration with the team!

There is one other thing I wanted to share with you: the beautiful lighting of this sunset over Lake Neuchâtel

This flight was a key milestone in the final run-up to the round-the-world flight. But next year’s adventure will be much more difficult, with flights of up to 5 consecutive days and nights! Today, at least we know that André and I are ready to attempt it.

The best pictures of my first flight are online!

 

 

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