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Solar Impulse's Bertrand Piccard Completes 72-Hour Simulation Flight
2013-12-21 07:04:35

Bertrand Piccard has successfully completed a mock 72-hour flight in the HB-SIB cockpit replica in preparations for the upcoming Solar Impulse World Tour, set to take off in 2015.

Solar Impulse Goes Virtual: Piccard Attempts 72-Hour Simulated Flight
2013-12-17 08:15:14

The Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are busy planning for their upcoming 2015 World Tour and to better prepare for the mission, simulation testing is an important step in the overall process.

Across America 2013: Safe Landing For Bertrand Piccard In Storm-Ravaged St. Louis
2013-06-04 07:35:43

After a non-stop flight in the zero-fuel airplane, Solar Impulse cofounder Bertrand Piccard touched down at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport at 1:28 a.m. CDT on June 4, 2013, a little more than 21 hours after taking off from Dallas-Fort Worth.

Severe Weather Across Mid-West Challenges Solar Impulse Project
2013-06-03 07:28:36

The Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg is facing a difficult challenge as it took off for St. Louis this morning. Besides a lingering threat for severe weather along the flight route, Friday’s wrath of storms damaged the hangar at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to the point that it cannot be used.

Solar Impulse Making Final Flight Home
2012-07-24 09:12:18

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.

Solar Impulse Heading Home After Toulouse Pit Stop
2012-07-23 09:26:45

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).

Solar Impulse Team Makes Call To Fly To Toulouse
2012-07-17 10:21:57

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.

Solar Impulse Prepares For Final Flea Hop Home
2012-07-16 12:13:46

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.

Solar Impulse Returns To Europe, Lands Safely In Madrid
2012-07-07 09:17:35

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.

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2010-07-01 13:30:00

A solar-powered plane set to fly through the night Thursday was grounded after a technical glitch was found, leaving the Solar Impulse crew with just weeks to find perfect weather for the flight.


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bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.