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Solar Impulse Pioneers

Solar Impulse

The Solar Impulse
The Solar Impulse
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The First Round-The-World Solar Flight

If today fills your life with nothing else, watch this video and consider the countless ways open-minded exploration, international cooperation, and courage can better mankind. There is not a head of state, politician, teacher, student, parent, or child that can't benefit from the message here. It's way beyond the benefits of solar power. It's about crossing national, religious, political, and social divides. It's about doing good for our future. It's about sustainability, not money. It's about life, not death.



The Solar Impulse pioneers have set out to achieve something that still seems impossible today: the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, powered only by the sun, with no fuel or polluting emissions.

Their Aim:
Bertrand Piccard and Andr? Borschberg do not plan to revolutionize the aviation industry but instead to demonstrate that the actual alternative energy sources and new technologies can achieve what some consider impossible. Solar Impulse wants to mobilize public enthusiasm in favor of technologies that will allow decreased dependance on fossil fuels, and induce positive emotions about renewable energies.

Solar Impulse also wants to encourage and inspire each and every one of us to become pioneers and explorers in our own lives, and to invent a brighter future.

At The Controls:
The Pilots: two pioneers and innovators, both pilots, came together to drive forward Solar Impulse: Bertrand Piccard and Andr? Borschberg. The former's avant-gardist vision and skills as a communicator and the latter's entrepreneurial experience complement each other ideally.

  • Bertrand Piccard, the doctor, psychiatrist, explorer and aeronaut who made the first ever non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, is its founder and chairman. With Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard is continuing his family's history of adventure, from the exploration of the stratosphere (Auguste Piccard) and the ocean depths (Jacques Piccard) to his own round-the-world balloon flight.
  • Andr? Borschberg, engineer by education and graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in management science, a trained fighter pilot and professional airplane and helicopter pilot, is the CEO.

Team and Partners:
The Solar Impulse team is about 90 people, including 30 engineers, 25 technicians and 22 mission controllers, supported financially and technologically by over a hundred partners and advisers.

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