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Solar Impulse Team Test Pilot Takes Newest Aircraft Out For A Spin
2014-06-02 07:46:49

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Solar Impulse 2, the latest zero-fuel aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, made its maiden voyage June 2, 2014 with test pilot Markus Scherdel. The plane, officially unveiled just two months ago, will be used by Piccard and Borschberg on their 2015 World Tour, as they attempt to circumnavigate the world in a plane powered only by the sun. During an official presentation on May 14, 2014, Piccard explained how looking...

2014-05-13 12:21:42

PARIS, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Serious game Altran has launched "Mission Altran", a serious game on Facebook designed to enable the public to live the experience of the Altran team which guides the Solar Impulse plane on its missions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130408/607421 ) Just one year before the solar airplane's round-the-world flight, "Mission Altran", the Group's exclusive Facebook game, will enable players to live the Solar...

Solar Impulse Team Unveils New Aircraft For 2015 World Tour
2014-04-09 14:59:57

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are currently planning their next adventure – an around-the-world adventure in an aircraft powered solely by the energy of the sun. In an effort to realize that dream, they have unveiled their latest plane that will make that flight: Solar Impulse 2. According to an emailed statement, “Solar Impulse is the product of an alliance between two men to fulfill a...

2014-04-09 08:21:07

PARIS, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To commemorate the official unveiling of the Solar Impulse 2, Altran is offering viewers the opportunity to discover Bertrand Piccard's new plane in a special "behind-the-scenes" programme to be broadcast on altran.tv [http://www.altran.com/fr/carrieres/chat-live-career.html#.U0OsSah_sVc ] on Thursday, 10 April at 1.00 pm, Paris Time (UTC +2 hours). This programme will also be available in replay. (Logo:...

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...

2013-07-26 23:22:07

Presence Switzerland (PRS), the office responsible for Switzerland’s image abroad, which supports the project, has made a very positive assessment of Solar Impulse’s “Across America Mission,” the solar airplane’s crossing of the United States. The nearly four-month aeronautical voyage strengthened Switzerland’s image across the Atlantic and highlighted its assets in the areas of innovation, science, and education. (PRWEB) July 26, 2013 The Swiss representations in the United...

Solar Impulse Team Recap Across America 2013
2013-07-20 06:42:48

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A little less than two weeks after the Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg landed safely for a final time on American soil, the duo recently recapped the Across America 2013 mission and take a look at what is on the horizon. The HB-SIA II prototype, a zero-fuel airplane built in Switzerland by a private team of civilians had become the first successful aircraft to fly from coast to coast both day and night...

2013-07-08 23:01:05

Partnership underscores Schindler’s commitment to developing sustainable mobility technology Morristown, NJ (PRWEB) July 08, 2013 Schindler, a leading global elevator and escalator provider, is providing significant technical expertise and financial support as a main partner of Solar Impulse, the zero fuel airplane aiming to fly around the world propelled only by solar energy. The Solar Impulse project underscores Schindler’s commitment to reimagining sustainable mobility. With the...

Solar Impulse Makes History As First To Fly Across America Powered Only By The Sun
2013-07-07 07:04:31

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Swiss Pioneers of aviation Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg have made history with their successful Across America 2013 project, landing safely at JFK International Airport in New York late Saturday night, July 6. Sunday's successful landing of the Solar Impulse zero-fuel airplane marks a significant milestone in aviation history: The first time a plane capable of flying day and night powered only by solar energy has crossed...


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Solar Impulse
2014-04-11 10:27:07

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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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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