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SOLAR IMPULSE NEWSLETTER #117
RTW Leg #1
Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg launch their attempt at flying Round-The-World in a solar-powered airplane. #Si2 took-off this morning from Abu Dhabi under intense and watchful eyes! André Borschberg flew #Si2 at 7:12 (GMT +4) on Monday, performing the first stage of the Round-The-World Flight using zero fuel. Piccard will take the reins in Oman and continue onward to Ahmedabad (India).
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Solar (Freaking) ImpulseIntroducing Solar Impulse: a solar plane that uses solar energy. It can even fly at night (because it has batteries)! Did you ever see Solar Freaking Roadways? Imagine Solar Airways! Swiss Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg co-founded Solar Impulse with one unifying vision: that the Future Is Clean.

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#INSIDER TEST FLIGHT The Solar Impulse team was awake very early to support the first ever flight of #Si2 outside Switzerland. Markus, our test pilot, was the first to test the plane in the air in Abu Dhabi. Bertrand Piccard & André Borschberg then successfully performed their training flights, marking a historical moment in the lead up to the #RTW.

Relive #Si2's first flight in Abu Dhabi!
BERTRAND PICCARD: THE WEBSITE! In this family, they have been inventing and exploring for three generations. As an enthusiastic balloonist and aviator, Bertrand tackles challenges that others consider impossible. He made the first ever non-stop round-the-world flight in a balloon and launched the «Solar Impulse» project, along with André Borschberg.

To his website!
SOLUTIONS - AT LONG LAST! Climate change has been debated for decades now. The discussion is mainly about a huge and costly problem, and it appears we all feel helpless and too weak to make a difference. However, solutions exist: our society could already divide energy consumption by two by replacing old technologies with clean technologies. Couldn’t we, all together, persuade governments to modify the legal framework so as to encourage the replacement of polluting technologies by cleantechs?

I want a clean future!
#RTW OFFICIAL BADGEThe Round-The-World has officially kicked off! #Si2 has taken off this morning in Abu Dhabi, #RTW departure and arrival Host City. It is now time, more than ever, for you to get your official badge and to start travelling with Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg on their epic journey. The whole revenue will be reversed to the Solar Impulse Foundation, which will help fund our educational activities around the world!

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ANDRÉ BORSCHBERG'S WEBSITE IS OUT! An engineer by education and a graduate of the MIT in management science, André Borschberg has solid experience in creating and managing technology projects. His interest in innovative solutions, combined with his passion for aviation, have led him to team up with Bertrand Piccard to found Solar Impulse.

Learn more about André Borschberg!

We demonstrated that a solar-powered airplane can fly day and night without fuel. The challenge is now to fly around the world in 2015.

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