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

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The 72-hour flight simulation began on Tuesday Dec 17 at precisely 08:00 (1am EST) and ended Dec 20 at the same time. Piccard joins his comrade Andre Borschberg in completion of a test that will prepare the team, both mentally and physically, for the...

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

[ Watch the video: Will He Make It? ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. Piccard, who hails from a long family line of explorers and adventurers, plans to step into the HB-SIB simulation cockpit, a near-exact replica of the HB-SIA aircraft that...

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

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a non-stop flight in the zero-fuel airplane, Solar Impulse co-founder 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. This was Piccard´s longest flight to date in the solar-powered airplane. The team´s arrival at St. Louis marks a key point in the Across America 2013 mission, as Piccard...

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

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. Despite the storm damage in St. Louis, the Solar Impulse team has moved ahead with the third...

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

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...

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

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype 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). If all goes as planned, the HB-SIA, piloted by Piccard, should arrive in Payerne on the evening of 24 July at around 8 p.m. (local time). When Piccard lands in Payerne it will complete the first ever...

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

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 plane, with Piccard at the helm, took off from Madrid, Spain at 5:36 a.m. (local time) this morning (July 17) and should land at Toulouse-Francazal airport around 8:00 p.m. this evening. Solar Impulse...

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

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The flight is scheduled to lift off Tuesday morning July 17 at 5:30 a.m. (local time) with Piccard at the helm. The team is unsure if it will...

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

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. Pilot Piccard took off from Rabat-Sale International Airport in Morocco and flew toward Tangier and then over the Strait of Gibraltar,...

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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. "We are under stress and we hope everything will work," said Bertrand Piccard, the venture's founder and previously the first balloonist to circumnavigate the globe. Solar Impulse aborted its plans for the historic 25-hour flight just an hour before take off by pilot Andre Borschberg from a military...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.