July 24, 2012
Solar Impulse Making Final Flight Home
Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
The Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg took off from Toulouse-Francazal airport in Toulouse, France this morning at 7:01 a.m. (local time) heading for its final destination: Payerne, Switzerland.The HB-SIA, piloted by Piccard, should make flight south of Toulouse and over the Massif Central, then west toward Roanne and Macon. The last leg of the flight will take place after crossing the Franco-Swiss border sometime around 5 p.m. If all goes as planned, Piccard and the prototype should cross the Jura and arrive in Payerne around 8 p.m. (local time).
Media and the public can view the landing from a small hill near the airfield and programs are scheduled for once the Solar Impulse aircraft lands. A Press Conference is also scheduled for about an hour after the plane lands, and events should wrap up a few hours after homecoming.
Solar Impulse has launched a photo contest open to those located along the flight path. The best in-flight and landing photos will be selected by Piccard and Borschberg. Photos need to be uploaded to the website in order to qualify.