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Janvier - Décembre 2015

  • Logbook

    13/12 - 2015

    The first day of a new era?

    When I woke up this morning, I found myself hoping that the COP21 agreement could really make a difference in this selfish and blind world we live in. 195 countries agreeing on ambitious measures to protect... - read more

  • Logbook

    03/12 - 2015

    Tackling Climate Change Is a Profitable Opportunity, Rather Than an Expensive Problem

    As I reflect on the activities surrounding COP 21 - the United Nations Climate Change Conference, currently being held in Paris - what disturbs me most is the manner in which climate change is being presented... - read more

  • Logbook

    02/12 - 2015

    Old Techs Are Lame

    When we fly, we don't use helmets likethis anymore.We don't use telephones like that anymore. - read more

  • Logbook

    24/11 - 2015

    Support André and I as National Geographic Adventurers of the Year

    The Solar Impulse endeavor recently earned André and I the possibility to be elected as National Geographic’s 2016 Adventurers of the Year!   You can Vote here daily to support us.   This award would... - read more

  • Logbook

    04/11 - 2015

    Soving climate change with clean technologies

    Join my approach to show that solving climate change is not an expensive problem requiring financial and behavioral sacrifices, but rather a unique opportunity for profit and job creation: Add your vote... - read more

  • Logbook

    22/07 - 2015

    Pacific Ocean, July 19, 2015

    Not this year - read more

  • Logbook

    03/07 - 2015

    Monaco, June 28, 2015

    The  Point of No Return The PNR - the defining point for André’s entire flight to Hawaii. For the first 7 hours, it would still be possible to return to Nagoya if a technical or meteorological problem... - read more

  • Logbook

    11/06 - 2015

    Monaco, June 1, 2015

    We don’t know whether to laugh or cry… We’ve just fallen short on our direct China-Hawaii flight, this flight of 6 days and 6 nights that André had so been looking forward to. The weather forecasts suddenly... - read more

  • Logbook

    05/05 - 2015

    Nanjing, April 21, 2015

    It's the team's flight just as much as it's mine. Held up for 3 weeks by the weather in Chongqing, we were beginning to despair of ever finding a good slot to reach Nanjing. Andre had to return to Switzerland... - read more

  • Logbook

    21/04 - 2015

    Flight summary from Bertrand Piccard

    Flight was more difficult for MCC than the pilot. For three weeks the Monaco Mission Control team has been trying to identify weather windows to allow us to fly. It’s been very difficult to find simultaneously... - read more

  • Logbook

    15/04 - 2015

    Shanghai, April 13, 2015

    Solar Impulse is blocked by weather in Chongqing. Delays are accumulating. Our adventure is less easy than it’s seemed in recent weeks. André and I do one interview or talk after another in Shanghai for... - read more

  • Logbook

    15/04 - 2015

    Mandalay, March 30, 2015

    I just love the unexpected gifts life brings. Originally, I was supposed to take off at dawn from Mandalay and was looking forward enormously to flying over the local temples. The program was disrupted... - read more

  • Logbook

    15/04 - 2015

    Mandalay, March 19, 2015

    Seventeen years after my second, failed round-the-world balloon attempt, which ended in Burma, here I am on the approach to Mandalay airport. This time it’s a complete success. André tells me by radio... - read more

  • Logbook

    15/04 - 2015

    Ahmedabad, March 12, 2015

    A mini-tornado shakes Solar Impulse’s tent and knocks the ventilation down onto the electricians’ workshop. Miraculously, Sébastien had left just a few seconds earlier. Danger doesn’t always come from... - read more

  • Logbook

    15/04 - 2015

    Ahmedabad, March 11, 2015

    Vast bouquets of flowers, embroidered silk scarves laid one on top of another around my shoulders, the incessant crackling of blinding camera flashes: I am torn away in a split second from the cozy intimacy... - read more

  • Logbook

    15/04 - 2015

    Muscat, March 10, 2015

    It is emotionally easier to be at the controls than on the ground. I'm finally in "pilot mode" to cross the Arabian Sea. And, as a bonus, to bring the first solar aircraft to Asia and break the world distance... - read more

  • Logbook

    15/04 - 2015

    Abu Dhabi, March 9, 2015

    I’d never imagined that setting off to fly round the world would be so poignant. I’ve been dreaming about it for 16 years, ever since landing from my round-the-world balloon flight, and it’s hard for me... - read more

  • Logbook

    08/03 - 2015

    Solutions – at long last!

    People have been talking about climate change for over 15 years. Meanwhile, the situation has got worse, but the language used hasn’t changed at all. As before, the talk is still about a huge and very... - read more

  • Logbook

    03/01 - 2015

    Shirodhara

    The training for the Solar Impulse Round-The-World Flight is not only technical. Deep relaxation with portable Shirodhara prepares the mind for alertness and concentration.   www.cristalmind.com - read more

  • News

    22/12 - 2015

    UNFCCC - COP21 Best-of in 10 minutes

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  • News

    22/12 - 2015

    Double Award for the Two Solar Brothers

    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... - read more

  • News

    10/12 - 2015

    Eleventh Day at COP21

    WHAT: Solar Impulse pilots and founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are at the Paris Climate Conference COP21! WHY: To promote clean technologies and use Solar Impulse as an example to help... - read more

  • News

    09/12 - 2015

    Tenth Day at COP21

    WHAT: Solar Impulse pilots and founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are at the Paris Climate Conference COP21! WHY: To promote clean technologies and use Solar Impulse as an example to help... - read more

  • News

    08/12 - 2015

    Ninth Day at COP21

    Agents 001 and 002 are having dinner with two Parisian friends tonight, Thomas and Alice. They sit down in a one of their favorite bistros of the quartier Latin and order good meat and wine. Both of them... - read more

  • News

    08/12 - 2015

    Eighth Day at COP21

    Today at #COP21, Agent 002 attended several big events, including #SIF15, the largest business focused event of the conference. On his way back to the hotel, he forgot his notebook on his seat. Lucky for... - read more

  • News

    07/12 - 2015

    Bertrand Piccard is appointed Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations

    After having recognized his ecological commitment by naming him Champion of the Earth 2012, the United Nations have decided to appoint Bertrand Piccard Goodwill Ambassador for their Environmental Program... - read more

  • News

    06/12 - 2015

    Seventh Day at COP21

    A whole week of #COP21 has already flown by, and Agents 001 and 002 have been so occupied that they’ve had absolutely no time to open the two pilots’ mail. M sent them a wake up call this afternoon to... - read more

  • News

    05/12 - 2015

    Sixth Day at COP21

    After giving the most of himself at #ActionDay today at #COP21, Agent 001 goes back to his hotel, orders a well-deserved Vesper Martini, and opens his personal mail. He’s got a message from an old friend,... - read more

  • News

    04/12 - 2015

    Fifth Day at COP21

    It’s already Friday and Agents 001 and 002 of the #solarTEAM have a big day ahead of them at #COP21. There are so many events that they won’t be able to team up today. Luckily, they’ve got smartphones! *Text... - read more

  • News

    04/12 - 2015

    Interview with Gilles Bouleau on the TV news

    During this interview, I had the opportunity to acknowledge the excitement around the Solar Impulse during the COP21. I unveiled my solutions for the planet, using current technologies to improve energy... - read more

  • News

    04/12 - 2015

    28 minutes Tv show on Arte, December 03

    THEY FLY WITH THE SUN The aircraft that we currently use are responsible for 2% of CO2 emissions on the planet. Is it conceivable to be able to reduce this pollution in the coming years? Bertrand Piccard... - read more

  • News

    03/12 - 2015

    Fourth Day at COP21

    Agents 001 and 002 have now been at COP21 for three days, and saying they’ve had a lot on their plate would be an understatement. Following the pilots everywhere, talking to more people they ever thought... - read more

  • News

    02/12 - 2015

    Third day at COP21

    Agent 001’s Journal Wednesday 2nd of December 8h52 André Borschberg crossed paths with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He looked stressed. 9h15 We took a group photo of all agents in Paris. 10h43 I... - read more

  • News

    01/12 - 2015

    Second day at COP21

    Agents 001 and 002 of the #solarTeam were sent by M (for those of you who don’t know who that is, check it out here and hit the movies NOW) to the COP21 climate conference to report on and spread clean... - read more

  • News

    30/11 - 2015

    First day at COP21

    Mission details: promote clean technologies at COP21 and report on pioneering solutions Mission status: Day 1 Completed, too few solutions identified   Mission report   1. Opening of the UN Climate... - read more

  • News

    22/09 - 2015

    Interview on France 2

    Bertrand Piccard was interviewed on France 2, on September the 20th, about his story, adventure, and specific vision of progress and sustainability. - read more

  • News

    15/07 - 2015

    NO FLIGHT UNTIL 2016

    Despite the hard work of the Solar Impulse team to repair the batteries which overheated in the record breaking oceanic flight from Nagoya to Hawaii, the solar powered airplane of Bertrand Piccard and André... - read more

  • News

    03/07 - 2015

    LEG #8: LANDING NAGOYA - HAWAII

    Record-breaking solar flight reaches Hawaii after 5 nights and days airborne without fuel. Unlimited endurance is now proven thanks to clean technology HAWAII, July 3rd, 2015.The longest and most difficult... - read more

  • News

    02/07 - 2015

    SI2 BREAKS RECORDS ON ITS FLIGHT TO HAWAII

    Hawaii, USA, July 1st, 2015 - The airplane of Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg attempting the first round the world solar flight has broken all distance and duration world records... - read more

  • News

    29/06 - 2015

    NEWS FLASH: Flying to Hawaii

    A possible window for a flight to Hawaii on June 28th, was identified. Si2 took off at 18:03 UTC from Nagoya, with André Borschberg at the controls, and preferred waiting the point of no return before... - read more

  • News

    23/06 - 2015

    FLIGHT UPDATE: NO TAKEOFF TO HAWAII

    Tough times at Solar Impulse. This time we got really close but, after animated discussions at the Mission Control Center, the decision was taken to abandon take-off. Watch this video and revisit the story... - read more

  • News

    01/06 - 2015

    LEG #7: Landing NANJING - NAGOYA

    Solar Impulse on the way to Hawaii, was not able to cross to the Pacific due to the cold front and deteriorating weather conditions. Negotiations went on during the day to land in Nagoya, Japan. The Solar... - read more

  • News

    01/06 - 2015

    Leg #7: Takeoff Nanjing-Hawaii

    André Borschberg (CEO, Co-founder and pilot)  in front of the media before boarding Solar Impulse 2 to attempt the first oceanic flight of the world journey. Bertrand Piccard (Initiator, Chairman and... - read more

  • News

    19/05 - 2015

    Bertrand Piccard & Ulrich Spiesshofer

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  • News

    01/05 - 2015

    2 World Records for Bertrand Piccard

    On March 10, 2015, after an eleven-hour pit stop in Muscat (Oman) made by Solar Impulse’s CEO and co-founder André Borschberg, the attempt of achieving the First Round-The-World Solar Flight continued... - read more

  • News

    21/04 - 2015

    Si2 Reaches Nanjing, China Successfully Completing Leg 6 of the First #RTW

     Swiss Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg Accomplished the Second Stop Over in China Before Embarking on the Historic Pacific Crossing.   Nanjing (China), April 21, 2015 – Solar Impulse 2 (“Si2”),... - read more

  • News

    21/04 - 2015

    LEG #6: Takeoff CHONGQING - NANJING

    Solar Impulse heads for Nanjing before crossing Pacific Ocean on its Round-The-World Flight.  Solar Impulse departed for its sixth flight from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport at 06:06 am (10:06... - read more

  • News

    30/03 - 2015

    LEG #5: Landing MANDALAY - CHONGQING

    Bertrand left with Si2 this morning from Myanmar to Chongqing. This flight was one of the most challenging since the beginning of the RTW adventure.  This flight was the second last flight before crossing... - read more

  • News

    30/03 - 2015

    LEG #5: Takeoff MANDALAY - CHONGQING

    March 30, 2015: The solar aircraft departed from the Mandalay International Airport this morning at 3:36 am local time (9:06 pm GMT [March 29th]) attempting the most challenging flight since having started... - read more

  • News

    20/03 - 2015

    Speech to the President of Myanmar

    I made a speech to the President of Myanmar expressing how important it is for André Borschberg and I to have the opportunity to stay in Mandalay the next few days. The 21st century is about exploration... - read more

  • News

    19/03 - 2015

    LEG #4: Landing VARANASI - MANDALAY

    Bertrand landed HB-SIB at the Mandalay International Airport in Myanmar at 19:51 local time or 13:21 UTC, completing the 4th stop on the Round-The-World route. Flying from Varanasi (India), it took the... - read more

  • News

    19/03 - 2015

    LEG #4: Takeoff VARANASI - MANDALAY

    After a short pit-stop to change pilots before taking off for its fourth flight to Mandalay (Myanmar), Bertrand Piccard took-off  at 5:22 local time (23:52 UTC). This flight will allow to test the stabilisation... - read more

  • News

    19/03 - 2015

    LEG #3: Landing AHMEDABAD - VARANASI

    Solar Impulse completes its 3rd leg of Round-The-World Solar Flight, landing in Varanasi. The innovative solar powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), successfully completed its third leg of the Round-The-World... - read more

  • News

    18/03 - 2015

    LEG #3: Takeoff AHMEDABAD - VARANASI

    Solar Impulse officially took-off today at 1:48 am UTC (7:18 am local time) with a delay due to last minute customs and immigration formalities with Indian authorities. André Borschberg will fly the aircraft... - read more

  • News

    10/03 - 2015

    LEG #2: Landing OMAN - AHMEDABAD

    On board Si2 at 6.35am (02:35UTC) on the second flight from Muscat (Muscat International Airport, MCT/OOMS) in the Sultanate of Oman, Bertrand flew to Ahmedabad (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International... - read more

  • News

    10/03 - 2015

    Leg #2: Takeoff Oman - Ahmedabad

    Bertrand Piccard took off from Muscat International Airport at 6.35am (02:35UTC) on the way to Ahmedabad. Today's flight is likely to be a record-breaker, maximum distance travelled by a solar-powered... - read more

  • News

    09/03 - 2015

    Leg #1: Abu Dhabi (UAE) - Muscat (Oman)

    André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard finally launch the attempt at flying Round-The-World in a solar-powered airplane. The experimental aircraft, Solar Impulse 2 took-off this morning from Abu Dhabi. Under... - read more

  • News

    11/02 - 2015

    Monaco Mission Center

    The official opening took place on February 10 2015 of the Monaco Control Center (MCC) for the first round-the-world solar flight attempt by Solar Impulse, a project initiated by Swiss pilots Bertrand... - read more

  • News

    20/01 - 2015

    Unveiling of the Round-The-World Route

    Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) will take-off from Abu Dhabi, crossing two oceans and four continents, to complete its round the world flight. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the Swiss co-founders... - read more

  • News

    08/01 - 2015

    SOLAR IMPULSE 2 FREIGHTED TO ABU DHABI

    On 6th January at 08.24, Solar Impulse left Payerne, its base since February of last year, to fly to Abu Dhabi. It was in the belly of a Cargolux Boeing 747 that the solar airplane took off for the capital... - read more

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