Solar Impulse is an innovative project leveraging technological prowess and the spirit of adventure by means of an airplane. Launched in 2003, it completed the world’s first solar 26-hour day and night flight in 2010. In 2011 Solar Impulse flew to Brussels (Belgium) and Paris (France) and in 2012, the HB-SIA prototype completed the first intercontinental flight connecting Europe to Africa.
This year Solar Impulse will be attempting the celebrated coast-to-coast flight of the United States, West to East, thanks to the support of its partners Solvay, Schindler, Bayer MaterialScience, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, SunPower, and the Swiss Confederation. Originally unplanned, the perfect opportunity for this new adventure emerged after the decision to rebuild Solar Impulse’s second generation aircraft’s wing spar.
The project’s ultimate goal is to fly around the world, scheduled for 2015 and with the second generation aircraft currently under construction, HB-SIB.
Scroll down this Mission 2013: Across America section to get a better overview of the adventure from the onset through our videos, photos and articles!
The first leg of the 2013 Across America mission flights was a success! Flown by Bertrand Piccard, the flight from San Francisco (CA) to Phoenix (AZ) went smoothly. The final leg of the mission flights, connecting Washington D.C. to New York, will be undertaken by André Borschberg.
Itinerary: from San Francisco (California) to Phoenix (Arizona), to Dallas (Texas) to St. Louis (Missouri) ending in Washington D.C. and New York City
The kickoff of the mission has also officially launched the global “Clean Generation” initiative – a movement of likeminded people ready for change; ready for greater investment in technological innovation for a cleaner future. Thousands of supporters are virtually crossing the United States, their names carried on a USB key. By joining here, you too can become part of this community of pioneers and believers in change.
Two public days will be organized at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, on Sunday May 5th and Tuesday May 7th from 1pm to 7pm. They are all one-hour slots. Given strict airport security regulations, a maximum of 150 people are allowed per slot so hurry up and sign up today if you want to get a chance to see the solar airplane! Just register for the day and time most convenient to you (Sunday or Tuesday) and come to the airport with your printed ticket. Parking is available.