The only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel.
Our challenge is to attempt the First Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. A way for Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and their team to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world.
And you, would you like to a be a pioneer in your own life?
A family heritage of exploration and pioneering spirit. A vision born in Bertrand Piccard's mind after the success of the first non-stop round the world balloon flight. The friendship with André Borschberg, engineer and entrepreneur, who leads the technical team. The commitment of 2 men who want to move the world.
The construction of the prototype: Solar Impulse 1. The development of Solar Impulse 2, the boldest airplane of our time. The attempt to achieve the first Round-The-World Solar Flight. The incredible technological and human challenges.
Before the attempt of flying around the world in 2015 with Solar Impulse 2, the first prototype already achieved successful flight missions across Europe, Morocco, and the United States. Each landing was the opportunity to reach out to governments, NGOs, universities and schools to spread the message about clean technologies.
«With each of their great "firsts", the explorers of the last century constantly pushed back the limits of the impossible. Today, the drive to make new discoveries must go on, with the aim of improving the quality of life on our planet.»
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This week-end, Markus Scherdel will make the first high-altitude flight, climbing to more than 20,000 feet (6,000 meters). He will remain airborne for between 12 and 13 hours. This is a further important step forward, enabling the aircraft’s behaviour to be evaluated and studied at high altitudes, where the air starts becoming less dense. Until now, the airplane has displayed very stable characteristics, and I’m crossing my fingers that this will remain the case up there aloft!
This phase involves important challenges. Having carried out flights lasting two or three hours, we are now going to test a new area of the flight envelope for the first time: higher altitude and higher airspeed, lower air density. With such an enormous wingspan, the risk of flutter (aeroelasticity) is high. So the forthcoming flight does involve certain risks. This tenth flight will also evaluate the insulation of the cockpit, since the external temperature will drop to about
-20°C. Markus will have to fly the airplane despite experiencing more challenging conditions. Our flight testing team will be carefully monitoring the functioning of the solar generators, the oxygen system, and the Pilot Assistance System (a kind of auto-pilot) from the Mission Control Center (MCC).
HOST PARTNER IN ABU DHABI
Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company which works to advance the development, commercialization and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions.
The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future. Wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the Emirates’ long-term vision for the future of energy and water.
The relationship between Masdar and Solar Impulse started in 2003 from a common perspective shared between the UAE leadership and the Solar Impulse founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. The goal is to promote technological values together to preserve the planet’s resources, in a bid to encourage political leaders and organisations to adopt cleaner and more efficient technologies.
Masdar has been tasked by the government with investing in and advancing the renewable energy and clean technology industry both domestically and internationally.
“Abu Dhabi, Masdar and Solar Impulse have in common a pioneering spirit, a long-term vision and a desire to explore new horizons. We share a commitment to foster the development of technological advances in alternative energy sources in order to contribute to a cleaner, more sustainable future.”
H. E. Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and chairman of Masdar.
«Just imagine your energy reserves increasing during flight! To make this dream a reality, we had to make maximum use of every single watt supplied by the sun, storing any surplus in our batteries.»
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