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Tuesday, 14 June 2011, 4:00 AM: Solar Impulse's team is ready for a new flight attempt to Paris le Bourget.

I am currently in the Mission Control Centre in Payerne, as the entire team is spread between Brussels, Paris and the flight management in Switzerland.

This is where I meet Raymond Clerc, the flight director, who tells me that this flight will last approximately 15 hours. The HB-SIA will head north of Brussells just after take-off, before heading towards Maubeuges.

Then the pilot André Borschberg will have to wait for a while above the Champagne area in order to avoid some showers over Paris. Raymond Clerc tells me that the HB-SIA might stay around Reins, or perhaps even Troyes, before heading to Le Bourget.

The landing is expected at 9:00 PM and it will therefore be a very long flight for the pilot.

The plane has been entirely revised since the last attempt on Saturday, including its landing gear, and is totally ready for this flight. It was however impossible to take the plane out of its hangar yesterday and its batteries have exceptionally had to be charged through the network; no record attempt will therefore be made nor homologetad during this flight.

André is now sitting on board and doing some last checks before take-off.

Good flight André!

I am currently in the Mission Control Centre in Payerne, as the entire team is spread between Brussels, Paris and the flight management in Switzerland.

This is where I meet Raymond Clerc, the flight director, who tells me that this flight will last approximately 15 hours. The HB-SIA will head north of Brussells ...



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