The World’s First Ever Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight
Solar Impulse is a transformative attempt to make solar powered air travel a reality. First conceived in 2003 by co-founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the project has already had a successful start with transcontinental flights from Europe to North Africa, and a record-breaking flight across the whole of the United States.
The historic second stage of Solar Impulse has been announced with the first ever round-the-world flight planned for March 1, 2015. The flight will take off from Abu Dhabi, UAE and return to the same location in late July or early August of 2015. Stops along the way include Oman, India, Myanmar, China and several cities in the United States. Stops in Southern Europe or North Africa have yet to be finalized.
Solvay has been a Solar Impulse partner from the start. Since 2004, we have contributed pioneering technologies that have resulted in 13 products being used in 25 applications and 6,000 parts. These products improved the energy chain, enhanced the structure, and reduced the weight of the aircraft – crucial elements that will help to make this ambitious flight a success.