Rising for Innovation

The mood in Dübendorf hit a slump after the disappointing result of the final spar test last week. Despite this setback, an overwhelming amount of encouragements and support have been received by Solar Impulse after the fact.

A flow of emails were sent by partners and supporters voicing empathy for what happened, reaffirming their support for the project, offering their expertise and confirming their confidence. This has certainly been a great booster to the overall mood at Solar Impulse. After the initial shock, the team has gathered to identify everything that can be learned from the problem.

The team of engineers has also come to the conclusion that we will have to build a new spar in order to avoid carrying over the damages from the broken one, but it is still too soon to give an estimate about the delay this will cause in the construction of the second airplane. However, it is also the occasion to look at the problems from a different angle by trying to identify the opportunities that can be seized by the additional time available by this delay. We will of course keep you informed of future developments.

This is the first time a final structural resistance test has failed in the history of the project, but knowing how many people are there to support Solar Impulse is a great reminder of how pushing the limits can also come with some setbacks. Instead of letting those events discourage us it has proven, on the contrary, that is strengthens the team spirit, teaches how never to renounce and allows us to rise up again for innovation.

 

The mood in Dübendorf hit a slump after the disappointing result of the final spar test last week. Despite this setback, an overwhelming amount of encouragements and support have been received by Solar Impulse after the fact.

A flow of emails were sent by partners and supporters voicing empathy for what happened, ...



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