Solar Impulse: Atlantic crossing is now complete!
The Atlantic crossing is complete! It ended gloriously with a colorful flight formation from the Spanish Patrulla Águila, as Bertrand Piccard landed in Seville, Spain at 5:38AM UTC on June 23rd.
Learn more about the Seville landing here! And big congrats to pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg and their tireless team for this incredible, unprecedented feat.
About the Project
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, 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.
In line with the Piccard Family tradition of scientific exploration and protection of the environment, Solar Impulse wants to demonstrate that clean technologies can achieve impossible goals. If an airplane can fly day and night without fuel, everybody could use these same technologies on the ground to save natural ressources and improve quality of life.
Solar Impulse 2 was built to take up the challenge of achieving the first round-the-world solar flight. This revolutionary airplane has to do what no one has ever done before: fly through 5 consecutive days and nights without using any fuel, so as to cross oceans from one continent to the next. André Borschberg, at the controls, achieved such an oceanic crossing during his record-breaking flight from Nagoya to Hawaii.
Our challenge: to take an airplane to such a high efficiency level of energy efficiency that it can fly day and night relying only on the sun. This required the optimization of new kinds of technology and a drastic reduction in energy consumption. The components normally used in aircraft construction are far too heavy for Solar Impulse.
Solar Impulse’s 80 engineers and technicians, under André Borschberg’s leadership, have had to apply highly innovative solutions. What major civil and military aircraft makers thought impossible has been achieved by the ingenuity of a small team.