Bienvenida a Europa
Another message from Solar Impulse II to Onimous and Reckoning times in United Europe… United we can Fly even without fuels
Seville, Spain, 23 June 2016 – On its journey around the world, Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) – the solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg – landed in Seville, Spain, after a flight of three days and three nights (71 hours and 8 minutes) without fuel, completing the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with several world records. The transatlantic flight covered a distance of 6’765 km (4’203 miles) powered only by the sun, confirming Solar Impulse’s vision that clean technologies and renewable energy can achieve the impossible.
At the controls of Si2, Bertrand Piccard touched down at the Seville Airport at 7:38am local time (UTC+2), after a historic flight of three days and three nights that took off from New York on 20 June at 2:30am local time (UTC-4) – at a maximum altitude of 8’534m (28’000 feet) and average speed of 95.10 km/h (59 mph) – completing the first ever electric, solar and emission-free transatlantic flight while breaking several world records (pending FAI approval). Those include distance and altitude in the electric airplane category as well as distance along a pre-declared performance in the solar airplane category.
For centuries, the Atlantic Ocean has been a playground for explorers with diverse means of transportation – sail and steamboats, airplanes, airships, balloons and even windsurfs. Half a millennium ago, Christopher Columbus set off into the unknown from Andalusia, discovering The Americas. Last century, Charles Lindbergh accomplished the first solo transatlantic flight with his prototype aircraft The Spirit of St. Louis, paving the way for the development of commercial aviation. Today, Solar Impulse accomplished that same crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, but with no fuel, paving the way for the future of clean technologies and energy efficiency.
“The Atlantic has always revealed the transitions between the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ worlds. But while theses worlds used to be geographical continents, today they are states of mind. The ‘old’ world is the world of inefficient polluting devices, depleting the Earth’s resources. The ‘new’ world is the world of modern clean technologies that can halve our global energy consumption, save natural resources and improve our quality of life. With this transatlantic flight our aim is to inspire the adoption of clean technologies everywhere,” said Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse Initiator and Chairman who flew the zero-fuel aircraft over the Atlantic.
Last year, André Borschberg accomplished a pioneering first by flying Si2 five days and nights over the Pacific from Japan to Hawaii, thereby proving that it is theoretically feasible to fly perpetually. Today, Bertrand Piccard completed the crossing of the Atlantic – a rite of passage symbolically confirming the maturity and usability of clean technologies, with the clear intention of inspiring people and nations to adopt them everywhere in their daily lives. More than an aviation first, Solar Impulse’s transatlantic flight is a first in the history of renewable energy.
Source: The Solar Impulse Team (c)