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    CHANGING ALTITUDE
    Of course, my experience as an explorer has influenced me, and explains the questioning tone of curiosity reflected throughout the chapters. But the subject is life, communication, autohypnosis, crisis management, and spirituality, all from the angle of the different altitudes and visions of the world that give you more freedom to think and act. These may even give us the will to try new and more creative behavior in order to live better on a daily basis. I really enjoyed writing this book; sitting with a pen in front of a block of paper and being able to write down the ideas that I have been accumulating for years. My aim has been to make a practical booklet, with examples and concrete propositions to incentivize change and evolution.   You tell me whether I succeeded!
    CHANGING ALTITUDE
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    BERTRAND PICCARD: MY FIRST FLIGHT IN SI2 !
    Since Markus, our test pilot, first flew it in June, followed by André about ten days ago, my impatience became more and more difficult to contain! When I climbed into the cockpit, I felt a mixture of excitement, concentration, and gratitude to all the team who had contributed to the construction of this technological gem. To familiarize myself with the aircraft, I started by doing some taxi trials on the runway. Then came the moment to set full power on all four electric motors… and to feel my heart-rate speed up slightly. Once I heard Nils, the ground team chief, say "Main wheel lift-off" in my headset, I could start an hour-long taming of this huge 72 meter wingspan monster. Nothing is done as in a normal plane, so the simulator training sessions really paid off. Then, I had to demonstrate three touchdowns in order to convince Raymond Clerc, my flight instructor. Followed by a champagne celebration with the team! This flight was a key milestone in the final run-up to the round-the-world flight. But next year’s adventure will be much more difficult, with flights of up to 5 consecutive days and nights! Today, at least we know that André and I are ready to attempt it.
    BERTRAND PICCARD: MY FIRST FLIGHT IN SI2 !
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    Bertrand Piccard at Cannes Lions
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    Pioneering Spirit Challenge
    When I was a child I saw my father dive to the deepest point of the ocean with the Bathyscaphe; that was actually my first inspiration. Today, with scientific exploration, I want to inspire others to also achieve the Impossible, thanks to Pioneering Spirit. It’s exactly this kind of spirit that I would like to see you develop throughout the @Amazers’ Challenge starting today. So let’s get started! http://amazers.co/challenges/pioneering-spirit
    Pioneering Spirit Challenge
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    Future of Travel
    When my grand-father invented the pressurized cabin and made in 1931 the first flight ever in the stratosphere, one of his goals was to demonstrate that it was possible to reach an altitude where the fuel consumption would be smaller due to thinner air. Eco friendly aviation was born on that day. This is why I committed myself to achieve the ultimate energy saving : flying around the world with no fuel at all. This is the goal of Solar Impulse for 2015.   Will commercial aviation soon be able to transport passengers on solar power only ? I would be crazy to answer yes and stupid to answer no ! The technology for it doesn’t exist today, but it was also impossible to transport passengers with fuel when the Wright Brothers did their first flights in 1903.   This is why I believe in the developments made by my friend Richard Branson for a cleaner aviation. Biofuel of third generation to decrease the consumption of fossil energy, but also another project I follow with high interest : Virgin Galactic. Not only to bring tourists to the edge of space, but to prepare suborbital air transport. Can you imagine a take-off in Europe with clean energy, a climb to 100 km high, followed by a parabolic flight to Australia and a landing after 1 hour ? And you get a zero-gravity experience for the same price… This is what I see as the future of commercial air transport.   Meanwhile, we’ll witness the emergence of cleaner aviation: lighter airplanes, more direct routes, constant descent approaches, and electric motors. I bet that battery driven airplanes with 2 to 4 seats will be available in 5 years time.   We need visions to become a reality. The impossible can be achieved only if we learn how to think and act outside of the usual certitudes and convictions. This is called pioneering spirit and it is what we all need to invent a better future.   Bertrand Piccard Originally published in Virgin's Future Of Travel section: http://www.virgin.com/travel/the-future-of-fuel-free-travel-some-predictions-with-solar-impulse
    Future of Travel
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    VIAJE A CHILE Y ARGENTINA
    12 presentaciones en 4 días durante mi viaje a Chile y Argentina! De vuelta a Suiza, me quedan muy buenas memorias de la gente que he conocido en esta ocasión : estudiantes, maestros, compañías, medios, ONGs, diplomáticos. Muchas gracias a todos por sus preguntas y comentarios, y, sobretodo, por su compromiso en difundir el mensaje del espiritú pionero y formas inovativas de pensar para hacer de este mundo un mejor lugar. Asimismo, quisiera expresar un reconocimiento especial a Fernando Nilo y su fundación Recyclapolis quien quiere impulsar la industría del reciclaje en Chile. Es un gran pionero ! Espero regresar pronto a Latinoamérica ! 
    VIAJE A CHILE Y ARGENTINA
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    NEW YORK - CLIMATE SUMMIT 2014
    Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg were just two of the delegation that included 120 Heads of State and Government, and over 800 leaders in business, finance and civil society responding to Ban Ki-moon's invitation. The spirit of the summit resonated around the world, including a gathering of 300,000 supporters in the streets of New York. The political momentum has gained since the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in 2009: while previously the delegates only recognized the existence of the problem, the summit in New York saw a more positive and determined commitment to financing low-carbon development and the adoption of clean technologies. Indeed, a fund of $200bn was agreed by a coalition of global leaders. “The only way to motivate people is to demonstrate the existence of solutions, not only to speak about the problem,” said Bertrand Piccard. “It was great to meet so many people acting to change the world,” continued André Borschberg. The Solar Impulse founders announced Abu Dhabi as the host city, and Masdar as the host partner while standing alongside Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chairman of Masdar. Bertrand and André were pleased to be back in New York just a year after completing their flight across America with Si1, the first generation Solar Impulse airplane. Their record-breaking journey in 2013 visited the cities of San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Washington and New York. Second generation Si2 will look to make stopovers across the USA as it attempts the first Round-The-World solar flight, commencing in March 2015. The summit was really a positive time to develop the momentum for meaningful change in developing and adopting clean technologies, of which Solar Impulse is a pioneering example. The first Round-The-World solar flight will be bracketed by the forthcoming summit in Lima, later this year, and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of 2015.
    NEW YORK - CLIMATE SUMMIT 2014
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    BEST-OF: First Flight of Solar Impulse 2
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    SOLAR IMPULSE 2 OFFICIAL PRESENTATION
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    ABB joins Solar Impulse as Main Partner
    It was a personal dream to have ABB joining our family of partners, as we have exactly the same goal of improving the world by reaching more energy efficiency and saving natural resources of our planet. Whilst Solar Impulse wants to motivate people to use clean technologies, ABB produces them to bring them on the market. This illustrates how realistic the message of Solar Impulse is. ABB makes it possible for everyone to use electrical power as efficiently as on our solar airplane, and to enable renewable energy and sustainable transport. With his background of engineer, André is elated as well. ABB is an ideal partner with its long history and rich heritage of technology innovation and this is exactly what also drives us. During the Official Presentation of Solar Impulse 2, on April 9, ABB will be joining the panel discussion around the topic “Meeting the Technological Challenges”. By the way, have you noticed our new motto “Exploration to Change the World”? It fits so well with our new partnership.
    ABB joins Solar Impulse as Main Partner
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    Official Internet Technology Partner
    During Larry Page's visit to Solar Impulse at Moffett Field, CA last spring, we could sense his excitement and interest in our endeavor. We began to imagine all the things we could do together. And we’d already done a lot together during our Across America mission. A good part of our success in being able to reach out to the public came from using several key Google platforms. Many of you followed the Google Hangout, which was streamed live with James Cameron, Erik Lindbergh and Elew during our last leg from Washington DC to New York City. It’s not a surprise that so many of you joined us for this flight, as Solar Impulse was featured on Google’s home page, an unprecedented offering and service.  And today, here we are! Google becomes Solar Impulse’s Official Internet Technology Partner and will be featured on the airplane with our Google+ URL, www.google/+solarimpulse. Quite logical when we see all the values we share, like pioneering spirit, innovation, engineering excellence and clean technologies to protect natural resources. The collaboration we enjoyed with Google this summer gave us a taste of all the great things we can do for the 2015 Around the World Journey. Together we will cooperate on our web and social media platforms. Applications such as Google Earth, Google Glass, Google Hangouts, Google+ and YouTube will provide our supporters with the necessary tools to follow each step of the 2015 adventure. Financially, this is also an important milestone in our program. It marks a new chapter and illustrates the interest raised worldwide by Solar Impulse as we have now a large US company joining our existing Swiss and European Partners.  It's always the same: when we fly in Europe we are Swiss, but when we fly in the USA, we become global! Yes, the Across America mission last summer was a complete success.      Viktoria Dijakovic
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    Hermes Prize for Innovation
    On June 12, 2013, Solar Impulse Co-Founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, represented by Director and CFO Philippe Rathle, were awarded the Hermes Prize for Innovation in the category “Human Adventure” during the 6th National Meeting of Directors of Innovation at the Sorbonne. The Hermes Prize for Innovation is meant to honor those companies and organizations that have best been able to integrate innovative humanist values in their products and services. This prize is one of excellence based on a careful, multi-criteria analysis of the company or organization’s investment in the improvement of the human condition, the relationship between humans, the future of a city and in sustainable human development. The theme of this year’s event was “Innovation to emerge from the crisis” where 35 of the most successful and innovative companies and organizations gave speeches to an audience of 450 innovation professionals. Many of today’s leading companies were actually born in a time of crises like Ford, Gillet and Airbus, to name a few. It’s during a crisis that the innovative spirit needs to surface and help the world emerge from the economic slump. Solar Impulse was awarded this prize thanks to its pioneering attitude and innovative spirit to explore solutions for the future. Hermes, in Greek mythology, is the God of ingenious intelligence but also a God that offers himself for the projects of others. He encourages humans’ entrepreneurial spirit, supporting them while also being himself an explorer. The prize, a reproduction by the Louvre of the bicephalous statue of Hermes, on one side, and Dionysus, on the other is a symbol of innovation, of maturity.   Left: The image represents the multi-criteria evaluation done by the “Club de Paris des Directeurs de l’Innovation”.    Viktoria Dijakovic
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