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Solar Impulse Completes First Zero-Fuel Intercontinental Roundtrip Flight
2012-07-24 19:07:05

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 today completed the first ever intercontinental roundtrip flight using only the power of the Sun. Psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard and businessman Andre Borschberg first set...

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 Lands In Toulouse, Postpones Final Flight Home
2012-07-18 08:24:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 leg 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. Strong winds and turbulence around the area of Jura makes it near impossible to make a safe...

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,...

Solar Impulse Lifts Off For Madrid
2012-07-06 07:17:33

UPDATE 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. Once the plane arrives in Madrid, a few days of events will follow, before the team makes the final flight home to Payerne, Switzerland. For the main article, go here.

Solar Impulse Flight To Madrid Rescheduled
2012-07-05 14:38:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 flight from Rabat-Sale International Airport in Morocco to Madrid, Spain was originally scheduled for a 3 July liftoff, but was later postponed due to extreme high- and...


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