Flight Rabat-Madrid

As you might already know, the return flight to Europe from Africa, scheduled for Tuesday 3 July, had to be postponed at the last minute due to a sudden change in the weather conditions. Thankfully, a favorable forecast might allow Bertrand Piccard to fly over the Strait of Gibraltar and into Spain’s capital city of Madrid, tomorrow Friday 6 July.

The green light for tomorrow’s flight has required careful analyses and calculations from the Mission team due to strong jet streams present along the leg. This flight will be tactically challenging given the nature of the aircraft and the strength of the wind.

It will be Bertrand Piccard’s turn to navigate the solar aircraft back to the European continent. He’s expected to take off at 05:00AM (UTC) in the direction of Tangier and over the Strait of Gibraltar towards the Spanish capital of Madrid. Landing is scheduled for some time after 11:00PM (UTC).

The highlight of the Crossing Frontiers mission was reaching Ouarzazate, a very difficult destination because of its specific meteorological conditions (frequent thunderstorms, strong headwinds, turbulence and thermals). After a first attempt, HB-SIA finally landed at its final and important destination. Important because Ouarzazate is a location full of meaning: home of what will be the world’s largest thermo-solar power plant, it’s a symbol of Solar Impulse’s and the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy’s (Masen) determination to invest in innovative projects today for job creation and sustainable growth.

Solar Impulse was welcomed with great hospitality and it it’s with a little sadness that it will leave the North African coast; but it’s time to go home and give HB-SIA a summer break.

The flight will be organized as follows:

  • Pilot: Bertrand Piccard
  • Destination: Madrid, Spain
  • Scheduled departure: from Rabat-Salé airport (Morocco) at 05:00AM (UTC), Friday 6 July.
  • Scheduled landing: Madrid-Barajas airport (Spain) after 11:00PM (UTC), Friday 6 July.

Don’t forget to watch this new adventure! The flight will be streamed live on our Homepage, as well as on the Smartphone app “Solar Impulse Inventing the Future”, available for free on Appstore and Google Play.  We advise you to connect to a Wi-Fi hub as high amounts of data can be transferred during the LiveStream. And don’t forget to follow our pilots via Twitter: from the cockpit with Bertrand and from the Mission Control Center with André and Solarimpulse .  

As you might already know, the return flight to Europe from Africa, scheduled for Tuesday 3 July, had to be postponed at the last minute due to a sudden change in the weather conditions. Thankfully, a favorable forecast might allow Bertrand Piccard to fly over the Strait of Gibraltar and into Spain’s capital city of ...



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