Exclusif : The solar powered aircraft "Solar Impulse" (HB-SIA prototype) steered by test pilot Markus Scherdel is silhouetted by the sun during its maiden flight at the military airport in Payerne, Switzerland, Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The prototype with the wingspan of a Boeing 747 and the weight of a small car started to a two-hour test flight to examine if the plane can keep a straight trajectory. The Solar Impulse project aims to circumnavigate the world with an aircraft powered only by solar energy. 2010

Exclusif // SWITZERLAND AIRCRAFT SOLAR IMPULSE – Avril 2010

Le Solar Impulse a volé. Le mercredi 7 avril, l’avion solaire de Bertrand Piccard a défié la pesanteur au dessus du pays helvétique. Après la réussite du premier take off en décembre -un rigoureux saut de puce- le célèbre oiseau a percé la fenêtre météo du printemps.

 

Autant d’expériences, d’investissements et de rêves concrétisés pour un projet sans pareil. Ecolo, culotté, génial… le projet Solar Impulse vise à faire voler l’avion de jour comme de nuit, sans autre source d’énergie que celle du Soleil. Quant à Bertrand Piccard, son objectif reste d’effectuer un tour du monde en 2012.

 

The solar powered aircraft “Solar Impulse” (HB-SIA prototype) steered by test pilot Markus Scherdel is silhouetted by the sun during its maiden flight at the military airport in Payerne, Switzerland, Wednesday, April 7, 2010. The prototype with the wingspan of a Boeing 747 and the weight of a small car started to a two-hour test flight to examine if the plane can keep a straight trajectory. The Solar Impulse project aims to circumnavigate the world with an aircraft powered only by solar energy.

Francis Demange/zeppelin