Solar Impulse’s First Intercontinental Flight Begins

Rumors are running and the tension is mounting here at Solar Impulse. It seems that the long-awaited moment has finally arrived; the HB-SIA might take flight tomorrow, Thursday 24 May, to conquer new frontiers!

If meteorological discussions have been the topic of the month, the winds have changed: the entire Solar Impulse team is now in “commando” mode, putting everything in fifth gear and reviewing every little detail of the mission to ensure the smooth unwinding of events.

Flight facts:

  • Pilot: André Borschberg
  • Final destination: Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco.
  • Intermediary stop: technical stopover, and change of pilot (Bertrand Piccard), in Madrid for minimum three days.
  • Scheduled departure: Payerne airfield (Switzerland) at 06:45am (UTC+2).
  • Route: Crossing the border into France via Jura at 3’600 meters. At Redoz (France), mounting to an altitude up to 8’500 meters crossing first the Massif Central and then the Pyrenees into Spain.
  • Scheduled landing: Madrid-Barajas airport around 02:00am (UTC+2), Friday 25 May.

Follow us LIVE directly on our website starting at 05:30AM (UTC+2). Early viewers will have the chance to see the preparations involved for the flight, assist to a LIVE interview with Bertrand Piccard, witness preparations of André Borschbeg in the cockpit and feel the level of emotion mounting up to the final take-off. Don’t miss the action!

During the flights you will be able to feel as if you were in the pilot’s shoes. In fact, on the Homepage of the website, aside from a virtual cockpit with all the essentials (ground speed, heading, altitude, solar generator power, etc.) and tracking map, there will be a LiveStream video running throughout the flight. There you will see and hear the pilot in action through live interviews as well as get a glimpse of the activities taking place in the mission control room in Payerne.

Should you not have access to a computer at that time but want to stay posted, you can also get news via the Smartphone app “Solar Impulse Inventing the Future”, available for free on Appstore and Google Play or via Twitter, from the cockpit with André and from the mission control room with Bertrand.

Stay tuned!

Rumors are running and the tension is mounting here at Solar Impulse. It seems that the long-awaited moment has finally arrived; ...



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