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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...

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...

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...

2013-06-13 16:21:25

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's all about chemistry, of course! At a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Tuesday, June 18, research and development experts George Corbin, Ph.D., and Claude Michel, Ph.D., from chemical company Solvay will explain the science, and vision, behind the airplane Solar Impulse. Solvay was the first and main partner of Solar Impulse, the ultra-lightweight aircraft powered only by solar energy. Also joining the panel is Darcy...

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...

Across America 2013: Solar Impulse Scheduled For Leg Three Flight On Monday
2013-06-02 09:17:35

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Leg three of the Across America 2013 project is scheduled to take off on June 3 with Bertrand Piccard returning to the helm of the HB-SIA zero-fuel airplane. The Solar Impulse team of Piccard and Andre Borschberg will continue on from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Monday, weather permitting. According to an emailed statement, the team said a positive weather window is opening...

Across America 2013: Solar Impulse Sets World Record For Longest Zero-Fuel Flight
2013-05-23 06:02:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After an early morning take-off from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Wednesday May 22, Andre Borschberg completed a world record flight to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in his co-owned zero-fuel airplane. The Solar Impulse team of Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard are on a five-leg journey from coast to coast taking turns flying their HB-SIA aircraft as they flea hop across the USA. On leg two of the journey,...

Across America 2013: Solar Impulse Prepares For Flight From Phoenix To Dallas
2013-05-21 13:21:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg is preparing for the second leg of the Across America 2013 tour, which will see the zero-fuel HB-SIA airplane fly from Phoenix, Arizona to Dallas, Texas. Piccard took the helm for the first leg of the journey on May 3, taking off from Moffett Field in Mountain View, California in the solar-powered aircraft. He left the runway shortly after 6:12 a.m. PDT and soared...


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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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