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11 June

May There Be Plenty of Sunshine For Solar Impulse 2 To Cross The Pacific Ocean


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Solar Impulse 2 (longest solo flight between Japan and Hawaii) (credit: Solar Iimpulse)

Solar Impulse 2 will be taking the longest solo flight of all time, over the Pacific Ocean, between Nagoya, Japan and Hawaii, this weekend (credit: Solar Impulse)

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Time to update our report for Solar Impulse 2, the Solar Powered Plane: it will continue its historic around-the-world flight (that began back in March 9, 2015, from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) this weekend with the non-stop, four- or five-day flight over the Pacific Ocean between Japan and Hawaii.  This segment of the journey will be the world’s longest solar-powered flight and the longest solo-airplane flight of all time. It will be “the moment of truth” for the Solar Impulse Team on this mission, as pilot Andre Borschberg called it. Please view the videos below, for the motivation behind the construction and flight of Solar Impulse 2 and portions of its flight on this around-the-world mission, below:





The cofounders of Solar Impulse and Solar Impulse 2, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, aim to raise awareness of climate change and the importance of using renewable/solar/clean energy.

“The most important thing isn’t to make world records. It is to show what we can do with clean technologies. Clean technologies can reduce CO2 emissions while stimulate economic growth.” Piccard said. “Many of these energy efficient solutions are starting to be commercialized, as they are economically attractive and have real potential to considerably reduce worldwide energy consumption.” Piccard wants to let people know that the technology in the Solar Impulse could be used in cars, houses, and other places. He wants to bring solutions rather than just talk about problems. It is Bertrand Piccard’s life mission to demonstrate to the world that “we can do incredible things with clean and solar technologies.”

Weather permitting, we shall soon see Solar Impulse 2 crossing the Pacific,  from Nagoya, Japan, to Hawaii, on this longest solo flight of all time. Despite difficult weather condition during its seventh leg from Nanjing, China to Honolulu, Hawaii, or its wing damage upon arrival in Japan, Piccard and Borschberg have overcome much obstacles and have been patient and cautious in waiting for a period of four days of good weather condition to take this longest solar powered flight coming up this weekend.

Solar Impulse 2 Flight Bt. Nagoya, Japan and Hawaii (Crossing Pacific Ocean) source: USA Today research Frank Pompa, USA Today

Solar Impulse 2 Flight Bt. Nagoya, Japan and Hawaii (Crossing Pacific Ocean) source: USA Today research Frank Pompa, USA Today

Let us wish these two visionaries, Piccard and Borschberg, and their Solar Impulse Team and family, plenty of sunshine during this upcoming journey crossing the Pacific. The whole planet will be rooting for you!
~have a bright and sunny day~

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9 April

Allow Me To Present Solar Impulse 2 (HB-SIB)


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As I’ve promised in our previous post (April 7, 2014 post), today is the day for the unveiling of Solar Impulse 2. Allow me to present to you, The Solar Impulse Team with Solar Impulse 2, below:

The Magnificent Solar Impulse 2 and The Team That Made It Possible (credit: Solar Impulse)

So much needs to be done in order to insure a safe and clean world for our future generations! The new challenges we’re facing in Triple E’s: Energy-Environment-Ecology. Our world truly needs new solutions to reduce the negative impacts of human beings on the delicate balance of nature. As Bertrand Piccard pronounced in the video below, “we need political courage and the pioneering spirit” in order to reach our goal and dream of a clean and sustainable world in the future!

To Bertrand Piccard, Andre Borschberg, rest of the Solar Impulse Team and ABB, or ABB Group,we earthlings and solar enthusiasts from around the world owe a debt of gratitude for such a magnificent accomplishment !

Merci pour votre courage et l’esprit pionnier! Nous terriens et les amateurs solaires du monde entier vous devons une dette de gratitude pour un tel accomplissement magnifique!

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7 April

Solar Impulse 2 (HB-SIB), The Round-The-World Solar Airplane, Will Be Unveiled on Wed., April 9, 2014!!!


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Great News!  Solar Impulse Team just released the news that the global leader in renewables, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency, the  Switzerland-based ABB, will support Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg in their attempt to fly around the world in their Solar Impulse 2 (HB-SIB) in 2015!!!

The construction of Solar Impulse 2 or HB-SIB started in 2011, incorporated much lessons learned from the previous HB-SIA, but with more spacious cockpit (enabling the pilot to fully recline during flights of 4-6 day duration). It will have an increased payload, isolated electrical circuitry to enable flights in rain, and improved reliability through system redundancy.

The official unveiling of the Solar Impulse 2 (HB-SIB) will be on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, from 3:00-5:30 PM Swiss Time

Keep in mind that:  (3:00 PM Swiss/Zurich Time = 9:00 AM EST, Florida Time= 9:00 PM Beijing Time=11:00 PM Sydney Time=3:00 PM South Africa Time=9:00 AM Acre, Brazil Time=6:00 PM Kerguelen, French Southern & Antarctic Lands Time).

So, we can all follow live on the official presentation of the Round-The-World Solar Airplane, “Solar Impulse 2 (HB-SIB)”. Be sure to ADD  THIS  EVENT  TO  YOUR  GOOGLE  CALENDAR.

Below, are the aircraft data for Solar Impulse 2 (HB-SIB), from wikipedia:

The wingspan of HB-SIB will be 80.0 m (262.5 ft), slightly wider than an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner, but unlike the 500-ton A380, the carbon-fibre Solar Impulse will weigh little more than an average automobile. It will feature a larger, pressurized cockpit and advanced avionics to allow for transcontinental and trans-oceanic flights. Supplemental oxygen and various other environmental support systems will allow the pilot to cruise at an altitude of 12,000 metres (39,000 ft). Completion was initially planned for 2013, with a circumnavigation of the globe in 20–25 days in 2014. However, following a structural failure of the main spar during static tests in July 2012, a more likely date for the circumnavigation is 2017. The flight would circle the world in the northern hemisphere, near the equator. Five stops are planned to allow changes of pilots. Each leg of the flight will last three to four days, limited by the physiology of each pilot.

In case you’ve missed some our previous posts on Solar Impulse 1 (HB-SIA), below:

1. Solar Plane-“All that is impossible remains to be achieved.” Jules Verne .

2. Solar Impulse HB-SIA-Solar Plane (1) .

3. Solar Impulse HB-SIA-Solar Plane (2) .

4. Solar Impulse Update! World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight Completed !

5. Solar Powered Plane, The Solar Impulse Reminds Us That The Ultimate Power Is The SUN .

6. Our Future In: Solar Impulse HB-SIA Across America Mission .

7. Let’s Show Our Support For Solar Plane-Solar Impulse .

8. Solar Impulse Will Be Taking Off For Its Third Leg Soon .

9. Severe Midwest Weather Brought Out Revolutionary Inflatable Hanger For Solar Impulse .

10.Solar Impulse Has Successfully Arrived At historic St. Louis !

11.Get Ready To Hangout With The Solar Impulse Team !

12.Solar Impulse-Google Science Fair Hangout .

13.Solar Impulse Is More Than Just About Solar Plane .

14.Let’s Support Solar Impulse Team’s Endeavor !

15.Thank You, Solar Impulse !

For those of you who want more details about the trials and tribulations and the Unbeatable Spirit of Solar Impulse, be sure to also check out the SolarImpulseChannel at Youtube. and SolarImpulse at Google+.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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15 July

Thank You, Solar Impulse!


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Multiple events occurred during the last portion of Across America 2013 mission of Solar Impulse (I’d also like to share the video clip on “Across Americaa 2013: Best From San Francisco to Washington”, below :

  • Members of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO, Metro New York Chapter) visited Solar Impulse and saw with their own eyes the outcome of combining technological innovation with pioneering spirit. The YPO and Solar Impulse share the vision and belief that education is central to creating better business in the future and they have conveyed this vision to 20,000 business leaders across the globe. This 7-year endeavor of calculations, analysis, and engineering excellence has successfully completed the Across America mission from San Francisco to New York City, with final destination at JFK International Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, enabling Andre and Bertrand to share their message to inspire people to embrace the pioneer within them in their daily lives. Upon answering one of the questions concerning stress for pilots’ family during this mission (such as the partially damaged wing during flight to New York), Andre’s wife Yasemin commented, “even though these are stressful moments, I felt confident as I know that such situations have been extensively trained for and the airplane has proven time after time that it is reliable. A successful landing is of course a great reward for this nervousness.”
  • Bayer Material Science organized an event on Friday, July 12, 2013, presenting chemistry to students from disadvantaged school children from the Bronx. In its mission “Science For A Better Life”, the chemical grant and Solar Impulse partner demonstrate how important research and innovation are in finding sustainable solutions for the future. Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer MaterialScience, gave the opening remarks for the event “Solar Impulse captures the core values of our company in one magnificent package. It ties in perfectly with our philosophy of ‘Science For A Better Life,’ while also serving as a rigorous test of how our materials and technologies perform in challenging conditions.” The project is about pioneering spirit, about adventure, about thinking outside the box,” explained Bertrand to the young audience. “It’s not easy being a pioneer. To get where we are today, we had to fail many times. But every time you fail, you’re one step closer to succeeding.” In retrospect, it’s always nice to think about how we got here. The project is a lot about inspiration and a direct result of how we’ve been inspired by others before us. We hope this will encourage you to do great things for the future of our society,” concluded André to the applauding audience.
  • The Swiss Consulate organized an event for employees, friend, and families on Saturday, July 13, 2013. “Seeing the airplane land at JFK was a very emotional and historic moment. I can compare it to when the Wright brother flew over the Statue of Liberty and landed in New York,” said François Barras, Consul General of Switzerland in New York. “Switzerland, a country poor in resources, owes its survival to its ingenuity. Today, thanks to André and Bertrand, we can showcase Switzerland’s innovative spirit.” concluded François. Switzerland was ranked the world’s #1 most innovative country this year (Global Innovation Index 2013).One hundred and fifty years ago Switzerland was a poor country with no resources. Today it’s at the top of the ranks,” explained Bertrand. “What changed is the mindset. People had to look for new ways to communicate with the outside world by being inventive: building bridges and tunnels. Today, Solar Impulse shows that same shift in mindset, the perfect demonstration of what can be done when you’re not afraid to try”. “Don’t believe that you’ll fly in solar airplanes in 5 years as we’re currently at the same point as the Wright Brothers in 1915. But it’s a step ahead and proof about what can be done,” said André as he described the beginning of the project back in 2003. “We made it to New York City despite the challenges and we can now say that the mission was a success. However, that’s not what will remain impressed in our minds; it’s the incredible welcome we’ve had across the country and the amazing capability people have to be excited about something. It was an extremely fulfilling experience,” concluded André as he thanked everybody, including JFK International airport for accepting Solar Impulse.
  • Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, a Solar Impulse Official Partner and sole insurance provider, organized a wonderful lunch event at Hangar 19 today, July 15, 2013.  “So many people are prisoners of old patterns of thinking, using old  solutions for new challenges. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions is proving its pioneering spirit by providing full coverage to Solar Impulse – a prototype experimental solar aircraft project. It took them 24 hours to accept the partnership and no more than 2 months to sign the contract,” said Bertrand Piccard.

We appreciate Bertrand and Andre’s perseverance, ability to think outside of the box, and their desire to inspire  many to come up with new solutions for our changing world. Thank you Solar Impulse Team for bringing us this beautiful plane powered by Sunshine and igniting the imagination of the world!

Let’s all take part in making HB-SIB to become a reality! Fellow Solar Enthusiasts and Fellow Earthlings, it is the most tangible vision reflecting the future of our planet. Let’s make sure that it will fly high, unbounded by the old world of fossil fuel! Find out how by clicking on: and/or

~have a bright and sunny day~

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15 June

Solar Impulse-Google Science Fair Hangout


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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 163 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go!

As I’ve promised a day ago, we have the Solar Impulse Hangout In Air via Google Science Fair, during the 4th leg of  Solar Impulse’s Across America mission of 2013, on the way to DC (with pit stop at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport). While the pilot Andre Borschberg is 7000 feet above ground, Bertrand Piccard is on the ground spreading the message of need to promote the pioneering spirit  and exploration.  Bertrand also reminds us the importance of using clean technology during this juncture of human history. Without further delay, here is the video of that Hangout:

I’d also like to share these links below. Be sure to check them out :

live broadcasting of Solar Impulse

some fantastic photos of Solar Impulse

the message carried by Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse Team

Join The Challenge (by becoming a Friend, Adventurer, Innovator, Explorer, Pioneer) along side of The Solar Impulse Team

Across America



It is mostly due to the energy and optimism of pioneers such as Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg that we have been able to  see the solar industry reaching its maturity during this past decade. We are thankful that there are people such as Bertrand, Andre, and the Solar Impulse Team to have brought forth a futuristic dream into  reality. Here in USA, let’s join the challenge in taking part in completing their next project of flying in a solar plane around the world in HB-SIB. Join the challenge by becoming a Friend, Adventurer, Innovator, Explorer, or Pioneer of Solar Impulse!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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14 June

Get Ready To Hangout With The Solar Impulse Team!


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 163 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go!

Just want to share this message  from The Solar Impulse Team, below. But firstly, allow me to share a video that will help us to understand/appreciate the make-up of the pioneers from Switzerland who have brought us The Solar Impulse:

Solar Impulse will be taking off from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (MO) for Washington Dulles (VA) tomorrow Friday June 14th around 4 AM CDT (UTC-5). Piloted by André, it’s expected to be a challenging flight due to high cross and headwinds. Because of this, Solar Impulse will do a pit stop at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport (OH) in order to change pilots, rest and take-off the following morning with better weather conditions. With Bertrand at the controls, the solar airplane will take-off the next morning, Saturday June 15tharound 8 AM EDT (UTC-4) and land in the nation’s capital sometime after midnight EDT (UTC-4).

Follow this flight live streaming and virtual cockpit on our website with key interviews and highlights about previous flights. The show start one hour before scheduled take-off. Content is constantly added to the site throughout the flight such as photos, blog articles and flight updates on the flight chart below the live video!

After the Ask Me Anything (AMA) on, our pilots André and Bertrand will do a live Hang-Out, from the air and from the ground, with Google Science Fair. The Hang-Out will open a couple of hours after take-off and will last 30 minutes; the exact time is yet to be determined. If you want to join this unique event, click here. The Hang-Out will be moderated by Olga Garcia of Google Science Fair while Gavin Ovsak, AB Duke Scholar and Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science student at Duke University, will be asking questions.

The fun part is that you too might get a chance to ask something! Just post your question on theHang-Out page; three of them will be drawn and submitted to Gavin to ask the pilots. The Hang Out will be an international event with Olga moderating from Austin (TX), one pilot in St. Louis (MO), one in the air, Gary, the technical coordinator from Scotland, and David of Solar Impulse TV from Payerne (Switzerland)!

Also, as a token of appreciation to all our supporters, we will be drawing at random 5 names to speak to the pilot while flying! More information will be added on our website and during the live streaming of the flight.

Please be aware that the flight schedule could change before Friday 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.

Reaching the capital of the United States is very symbolic as it will be the first to last stop of this coast-to-coast journey in a solar airplane. It’s also the nation’s central nervous system where political decisions are made and bills are passed. Solar Impulse will present its Clean Generation initiative, meant to inspire people and incite politicians, policy makers, businessmen and the public to adopt clean technologies. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will visit the airplane during the prize giving ceremony by the Solar Energy Industry Association for the category Solar Innovator Award this coming Monday June 17th while a breakfast will be held on Capitol Hill on Wednesday June 19th.

The Solar Impulse team will organize an Open House, Sunday 16th of June, come whenever you want between 1PM and 5 PM! The HB-SIA will be at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, free entrance. Get the directions here.

Solar Impulse Team

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


Be sure to send/email/tweet your questions, comments, jokes to The Solar Impulse !

~have a bright and sunny day~

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4 June

Solar Impulse Has Successfully Arrived At Historic St. Louis!


Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

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Solar Plane Solar Impulse HB-SIA

Solar Plane Swiss Solar Impulse HB-SIA

has arrived in St. Louis safely. I’d like to share with you, below, the video of the take off from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport for the flight to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Below are some of the flight information, also available at

Flight: Dallas KDFW – St. Louis KSTL

Pilot: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman

Take off time: June 3nd 04:06AM CDT (UTC-5)

Landing time: June 4th 01:28AM CDT (UTC-5)

Flight duration: 21h21min

Average ground speed: 49 km/h (26.3 kt)

Highest altitude reached: 7 315 m(24 000 ft)

Flight Distance: 1040 km (~562 NM)

St. Louis was chosen as the destination for the third leg of this Across America mission for historic and symbolic reasons. St. Louis is best known for the “Spirit of St. Louis

Spirit of St. Louis (by Ad Meskens)

who, piloted by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 completed the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris. This flight was made possible by St. Louis businessmen including the namesake of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Albert Bond Lambert.


Two open house days will be organized so hurry up and sign up here for Thursday June 6th between 9 AM and 12 PM or Friday June 7th between 9 AM and 1 PM.

Places are limited and handed out on a first comes, first serves basis.

There is much work involved behind the scene of The Solar Impulse Team. Please also visit these sites below:

  1. A TEAM
  4. JOIN THE CHALLENGE (find out how you can become a Solar Impulse Friend/Adventurer/Innovator/Explorer/Pioneer)

Stay tuned in for more in our future posts.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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2 June

Severe Midwest Weather Brought Out Revolutionary Inflatable Hanger For Solar Impulse


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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.

User: solar-impulse
Password: zerofuelairplane-2012


  • 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

Solar Impulse
Alexandra Gindroz | +41 58 219 24 40 | +1 408 609 0034
Alenka Zibetto | +41 58 219 25 37 | +41 79 415 82 84

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.

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1 June

Solar Impulse Will Be Taking Off For Its Third Leg Soon


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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~

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20 May

Revisiting Solar Impulse HB-SIA & HB-SIB


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Due to the ongoing Across America mission of Solar Impulse, I’d like to share one of our earlier posts from 2011 on:  Solar Plane, the Swiss Solar Impulse HB-SIA, below, undertaken at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.  This project was initiated in 2003 and then promoted by Bertrand Piccard (who co-piloted the first balloon to circle the world non-stop);it has grown to a multi-disciplinary team of 50 specialists from six countries and assisted by about 100 outside advisers.

What a terrific way to prove that we, the earthlings, are capable of freeing ourselves from the dependence on oil !  Through the clean tech of  solar energy, SOLARIMPULSE has brought us not only the physical possibility of  the first manned flight over night  (lasted about 26 hours) by solar powered plane in July 2010, but also the message to educators throughout planet earth the importance of  motivating children and students the pioneering spirit and developing new ways of thinking about future, energy, environment , and online education.

Solar Plane-Swiss Solar Impulse HB-SIA, a long-range solar powered plane

Please be sure to view these three FANTASTIC clips below (I could not help but share the feeling of exuberance and hope for mankind in viewing these clips….I was almost in tears….) :

    1. Solar Impulse-Best of 2010, below:


  1. Solar Impulse-Best of Night Flight at ( )

The prototype HB-SIA has a non-pressurized cockpit, a similar wingspan to the Airbus A340, lithium polymer batteries under the wing, 12,000 photovoltaic cells on the upper wing surface and the horizontal stabilizer generate electricity during the day. These photovoltaic cells and horizontal stabilizer propel the plane and charge the batteries to allow night flight, theoretically enabling the single-seat plane to stay in the air indefinitely.  On July 8, 2010, HB-SIA achieved the world’s first manned 26-hour solar flight, flown by Andre Borschberg (started on July 7, 2010, from an airfield in Payenne, Switzerland).

To top HB-SIA, the HB-SIB is planned in the future, with a pressurized cockpit (with supplemental oxygen and various environmental support to the pilot to allow a cruise altitude of 12,000 m (39,000 ft) and advanced avionics to allow for transcontinental and trans-oceanic flights, with wingspan of 80.0 m (262.5 ft), slightly wider than the 79.75 m (261.6 ft) wingspan of an Airbus A380 ( the largest passenger airliner in the world). Solar Impulse HB-SIB requires the development of new materials and construction methods. Solvay has invented electrolytes that allow the energy density of the batteries to be increased;Bayer Material Sciences is utilizing its nanotechnologies for this project;and Decision is using lighter carbon fibers than seen in any previous projects. HB-SIB will undergo the same structural strength and vibration testing as for HB-SIA. Flight testing for HB-SIB is planned for Spring of 2014 and the round-the-world flight for between April and July of 2015;the flight would circle the world in the northern hemisphere near the equator and five stops are planned to change pilots.  Once improved battery efficiency allows the reduced  weight, a two-seater is envisaged to make a non-stop circumnavigation.

One cannot help but sense the inevitable success of  SOLAR ENERGY….upon the horizon…

Another lesson I have learned from this project…the importance of spirit of cooperation among all earthlings….it is time to shed the barriers of nationalism in order to reach the survival of humankind/earthlings….

* 1 inch = 1/12  ft = 2.54 centimeters (or cm)= 0.0254 meter (or m)

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