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With a recent record-setting intercontinental flight using only the power of the sun still fresh in their minds, Bertrand Piccard and his partner Andre Borschberg are now setting their sights on the future.
It has been quite a journey for two Swiss visionaries, one a Businessman who trained as a pilot in the Swiss air force and flew missions for 20 years and the other a psychiatrist who became the first person to fly around the world in a hot air balloon; the pair completed the first ever intercontinental roundtrip flight using only the power of the Sun.
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 Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg has been scheduled to depart Toulouse-Francazal airport for its final flight home to Payerne, Switzerland for tomorrow, 24 July 2012 at 7 a.m. (local time).
The Solar Impulse aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg landed safely in Toulouse, France yesterday (July 17) evening at 9:46 p.m. (local time). Yet, with only one more flight to go to complete their historic 2012 journey, the duo have postponed that flight, which was scheduled to lift off today for Payerne, until further notice.
Deteriorating weather conditions have forced the Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg to fly the HB-SIA aircraft to Toulouse in France rather than chance a straight flight home to Payerne, Switzerland.
The final leg of Bertrand Piccard’s and Andre Borschberg’s 2012 Solar Impulse Project has been given the go despite the challenging weather forecast over the next several days, which could force the team to make a pit stop in Toulouse before returning home to Payerne, Switzerland.
After lifting off early Friday morning, July 6, and undergoing challenging conditions, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg landed safely in Madrid, Spain at 1:19 a.m. (local time) on July 7, completing the African/European connection of the Project’s journey.
Solar Impulse took off from Rabat-Sale International Airport (Morocco) at 6:17 (local time) July 6. The plane, piloted by Bertrand Piccard, should land in Madrid-Barajas airport in Spain around 12:30 a.m. (local time) on July 7.
The Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg have rescheduled the second-to-last-stage flight of their journey home, a journey that has so far taken them more than 2,400 miles and across two continents flying only on the energy of the Sun.
The Solar Impulse is a Swiss made long-range solar-powered aircraft project. It was developed at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The project’s goal is to circle the Earth with a piloted fixed-wing aircraft, powered only by solar energy. Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss aeronaut leads the project who was a co-pilot with Andre Borsch berg a Swiss businessman, in the first balloon to circle the Earth non-stop. The Swiss aircraft is a single-seat monoplane which can stay airborne...
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