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2 June

Severe Midwest Weather Brought Out Revolutionary Inflatable Hanger For Solar Impulse


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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A detailed press release just arrived today regarding Solar Impulse’s Across America Mission:


Solar Impulse to use for first time a revolutionary inflatable hangar after damage to St. Louis Hangar. Take a look at this Inflatable Hanger.

DALLAS (TX), June 2, 2013 – The strong storms that struck the St. Louis area Friday night have rendered inoperable Solar Impulse’s hangar at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg remains scheduled to fly from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Monday, June 3, to St. Louis. To protect the aircraft upon landing after midnight CDT (UTC-5) on Tuesday, June 4, Solar Impulse will deploy a revolutionary inflatable structure for the first time.


Multiple tornadoes touched down in the St. Louis region Friday night and caused damage to several Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s buildings including the hangar reserved for Solar Impulse. Postponing the flight is not an option, as the particularly difficult weather conditions in the region leave only very few flight possibilities between Dallas-Fort Worth and St. Louis, and it might be the only one this week. If Solar Impulse doesn’t seize this opportunity, the chances of reaching final destination of the Across America Mission as scheduled could be compromised.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard will therefore take-off Monday morning for a 21 hours flight, — his longest flight in the single-seat cockpit to date. But because of the damage caused to the official hangar in St. Louis, Solar Impulse will attempt to use its own inflatable hangar to park the aircraft. Conceived and designed by the Solar Impulse team for the world tour of 2015, this revolutionary structure will be used for the very first time in real conditions. The team will only have a few hours to deploy this innovative structure before the airplane arrives.

Starting Saturday, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has mobilized its forces to help Solar Impulse reorganize and confront this extraordinary situation. The Logistics and Mission teams are working hand-in-hand around the clock to face the challenge of bringing the airplane safely to St. Louis and ensuring its protection upon arrival. The stopover in St. Louis during the crossing of the United States is very important and symbolic for Solar Impulse. St. Louis was chosen as the Midwest stopover to pay homage to the city’s aviation legacy, which includes aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh and his “Spirit of St. Louis,” the first airplane to fly from New York to Paris non-stop.

After St. Louis, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will continue to alternately pilot the solar airplane to reach Washington, D.C. and New York.

(please note timings might be subject to change):

04:00 a.m. CDT (11:00 a.m. Swiss Time): Estimated take-off from Dallas/Fort Worth (TX)
06:00 a.m. CDT (01:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Crossing the border into Oklahoma – Heading north towards Tulsa (OK): Cruising altitude 5’000 ft
07:00 a.m. CDT (02:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Passing nearby Ardmore (OK)
09:00 a.m. CDT (04:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Flying about 60 miles east of Oklahoma City: cruising altitude 6’000 ft
11:00 a.m. CDT (06:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Passing the Tulsa region – heading north towards Kansas: Cruising altitude 8’000 ft
01:00 p.m. CDT (08:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Flying nearby Independence (KS) – Turning East towards Missouri: Cruising altitude 10’000 ft
05:00 p.m. CDT (12:00 a.m. Swiss Time): Flying between the Lake of Ozarks State Park and the Fort Leonard Wood, direction St. Louis (MO): Cruising altitude 27’000 ft
01:00 a.m. CDT (08:00 a.m. Swiss Time): Estimated landing at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (MO)

The Solar Impulse Across America mission is made in partnership with SolvaySchindlerBayer Material ScienceSwiss Re Corporate SolutionsSunpower and the Swiss Confederation.

Although the flight has been confirmed, the flight director may still decide to postpone it or alter the route shortly before take-off. Keep up to date with the latest news at

During the Across America mission, each flight will be streamed live on as well as on Twitter andFacebook. The airplane’s position, altitude and speed will be shown in real time, while cockpit and mission control cameras allow viewers to experience the journey.

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  • Early May 2013: First leg San Francisco/Moffett Airfield – Phoenix/Sky Harbor
  • Mid May 2013: Second leg Phoenix/Sky Harbor – Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Early June 2013: Third leg Dallas/Fort Worth – St. Louis/Lambert Airport
  • Early to Mid-June 2013: Fourth leg St. Louis/Lambert Airport – Washington DC/Dulles
  • Early July 2013: Fifth and last leg Washington DC/Dulles – New York/JFK

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Swiss pioneers Dr Bertrand Piccard (Chairman) and André Borschberg (CEO) are the founders, pilots and the driving force behind Solar Impulse, the first airplane that can fly day and night without fuel. Solar Impulse is a unique adventure that aims to bring emotions back at the heart of scientific exploration, a flying laboratory to find innovative technological solutions for today’s challenges and a vision to inspire each of us to be pioneers in our everyday lives.

This revolutionary carbon fibre airplane has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 (63.4m / 208 ft) and the weight of a small car (1,600kg / 3,527 lb). It is the result of seven years of intense work, calculations, simulations and tests by a team of about 80 people and 100 partners and advisors. A plane so big and light has never been built before. The 12,000 solar cells built into the wing provide four 10HP electric motors with renewable energy. By day the solar cells recharge the 400kg / 881 lb lithium batteries which allow the plane to fly at night.
Let’s hope for much better weather condition in the coming week.

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker


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1 June

Solar Impulse Will Be Taking Off For Its Third Leg Soon


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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For our continued report on Across America Mission of Solar Impulse. Solar Impulse HB-SIA will be getting ready for its third leg between Dallas, TX and St. Louis, MO on Monday, June 3, 2013.

I’d like to share an email from our Solar friends Andre Borschberg & Bertrand Piccard of the Solar Plane-Solar Impulse,  and a video clip of Across America Mission of Solar Impulse below:

Dear Susan Sun,

There seems to be a positive weather window opening up this Monday, June 3rd, for Solar Impulse to continue its Across America mission. With Bertrand at the commands, the solar airplane will take-off from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport around 4:30AM CT (UTC-5) to complete the third leg of the journey that will lead it to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (MO). Landing is scheduled after midnight CT (UTC-5).

This tornado-stricken region, characterized by high turbulence and strong winds, has made it quite challenging to find the appropriate conditions to continue the adventure.  But things seem to be clearing up and Solar Impulse is excited to discover the symbolic city of St. Louis.

On the footsteps of aviation pioneers, Bertrand and André want to awaken people’s pioneering spirit and St. Louis is the perfect place to do so. In fact, early US aviation history can be tracked back to the days when Charles Lindbergh transported US Mail between Chicago and St. Louis before his attempt to cross the Atlantic. Even though the historic “Spirit of St. Louis” was built in San Diego (CA), it was St. Louis businessmen and entrepreneurs that had the knack for exploration and financed the adventure that successfully led Lindbergh to fly from New York to Paris in 1927. In fact, the airport in St. Louis was named after an important St. Louis businessman, Albert Bond Lambert, who contributed to financing the crossing of the Atlantic.

For those of you that are in the St. Louis area, the Solar Impulse team is working hard to organize an Open House for the public to come see the solar airplane with their own eyes! Although not yet certain, we like to be optimists so you should too! Sign up here to get your name on the Waitlist; we will then inform all registered persons directly about the date and time of a potential visit.

Please be aware that the flight schedule could change before Monday if the Flight Director orders to fly another day or change the itinerary.  You can regularly check the Solar Impulse website for the latest news concerning the flight or other updates.

Don’t forget that Solar Impulse always films the entire mission flights live. Just go directly to Solar Impulse TV and see the pilots, one from the cockpit and the other from the ground, follow interviews with the people that make it happen and watch footage from past events and flights. Also on the live page, and during all flights, there’s a moving map and virtual cockpit allowing viewers like you to feel as if they too were in the cockpit

Solar Impulse is not only about showcasing the potential of clean technologies, but about spreading a message. As part of the Clean Generation initiative, launched with the Across America mission, Solar Impulse wants to inspire and incite politicians, businessman and ordinary people to invest in clean technologies. The more people that join the movement the stronger the message; for this reason, a custom-designed flag displaying the Clean Generation slogan and the name of the destination city, will be carried in the cockpit during each leg together with a USB key. The key virtually carries the names of Solar Impulse supporters across the United States. If you would like your friends or family to be part of this pioneering adventure and cross the country with you, tell them to sign up today and become a friend of the project.

Solar Impulse Team

PS.  You can also follow AndréBertrand or Solar Impulse directly on their Twitter pages


Be sure to keep checking Solar Impulse website for more updates.

~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered & posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker


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