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Double récompenses pour les deux frères solaires
22/12 - 2015

Double récompenses pour les deux frères solaires

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have been awarded the Aerosuisse Award and the Master’s Medal 2015 for their outstanding achievements in aeronautics.

 

It’s a first! Never before had the Swiss federation Aerosuisse and the British Honourable Company of Air Pilots rewarded solar pilots for their achievements. Although half of the Round-The-World tour still remains to be completed, both organisations decided “to applaud the courage, tenacity, and innovative spirit” of our two pilots. It has been twelve years since Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg embarked on this incredible human and scientific adventure, which has undoubtedly brought great progress to the field of solar aviation.

 

The solar aviation journey began with model aircrafts in the 1970s, followed by the first human flights in the 1980s. In 2010, Solar Impulse 1 was the first airplane to fly through the night with a pilot on board. Solar Impulse 2 then went a step further in 2015, breaking eight world records, including the longest distance and duration for solar-powered flight, as well as the longest non-stop solo flight in aviation history.

 

During the last few weeks, the focus has been on the Paris Climate Conference COP21, which resulted in a historical agreement signed by 195 Parties, and aiming to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2100. The timing is, therefore, perfect to pay homage to an airplane which seeks to promote clean technologies and ignite change in political action and legislation to reduce carbon emissions.

The Aerosuisse Award has been bestowed every year since 2005 to those strongly engaged in Swiss aeronautics. On October 15th, André Borschberg was presented with the award for Bertrand and he by Aerosuisse’s President, Paul Kurrus, in Lucerne, Switzerland.

 

As for the Honourable Company of Air Pilots Master’s Medal, awarded since 1976, it aims to promote achievement and excellence in all sectors of aviation. Michèle Piccard, Bertrand’s wife, and Ela Borschberg, André’s daughter, had the pleasure of attending the ceremony in London on October 29th to collect the medals, as the pilots couldn’t be present themselves.

These two remarkable awards add even more significance to the Solar Brothers’ list of accomplishments and they are quite likely not the last ones they will receive, considering our sky-high ambitions for the future!

This blog post has been originally published here.

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