Solar Impulse to Leave Myanmar on Sunday 29th UTC

2015 03 19 Solar Impulse 2 RTW 4th Flight Varanasi to Mandalay take-off revillard-02The Solar Impulse team has announced that the zero-fuel airplane will take off from Mandalay, Myanmar, on Monday morning at around 05:30 local time (Sunday evening around 23:00 UTC).

The plane will be piloted by Bertrand Piccard. It will head to Chongqing, China.

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Third and Fourth Solar Impulse Flights Now Completed

2015-solar-impulse-4th-leg-1The zero-fuel aircraft Solar Impulse continues its journey around the world. After spending several days on the ground in Ahmedabad, India, to have everything ready for the next flights, André Borschberg started the 4th leg of the round-the-world mission at 1:48 am UTC yesterday. He headed to Varanasi (Benares), India, where he landed at 15:03 UTC.

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Interview with Alexey Leonov, the First Man to Walk in Outer Space

Leonov-9336-8On 18 March 1965, FAI celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first space-walk. Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov achieved this feat during the Voshkod 2 mission. He stayed out in space for 12 min 9 sec, a performance that the FAI recognised as a world record in the “Extravehicular duration in space”. Born on 30 May 1934, he still lives in Russia.

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18 March 1965: Leonov Successfully Made the First Spacewalk

9336-2Today is a special day in the history of space exploration. It is the day, 50 years ago, that Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first person to walk in space.

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Piccard lands successfully in Ahmedabad

2015 03 10 Solar Impulse 2 RTW 2nd Flight Muscat to Ahmedabad Landing Revillard-0864Bertrand Piccard successfully landed in Ahmedabad, India. It is the first time that Solar Impulse lands on the Asian continent. He piloted Solar Impulse 2 from Muscat, flying across the Arabian Sea over a distance of 1468 km. The FAI will review the distance record claim dossier, and if it is ratified it will supersede the record previously set by André Borschberg onboard Solar Impulse in 2013.

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Piccard's Record Attempt in the Second Leg of the Around the World in a Solar Aircraft Mission

2015-Solar-Impulse-leg2 1Bertrand Piccard took off this morning at 6:35 UTC+4 from Muscat, Oman, onboard Solar Impulse 2. Before starting his journey to Ahmedabad, India, he revealed that he would attempt to break the FAI world record of Distance in the Experimental / New Technologies, Solar-Powered Aeroplane category.

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Around the World in a Solar Airplane - Solar Impulse 2 successfully lands in Oman

solar impulseSolar Impulse 2, the solar-powered aircraft piloted by André Borschberg, landed a few minutes ago in Muscat Oman, after taking off this morning from Abu Dhabi. The first leg of the "Around the World in a Solar Aircraft" mission is now completed.

Congratulations to André Borschberg and the whole Solar Impulse team!

Around the World in a Solar Airplane - Solar Impulse 2 Took-Off This Morning From Abu Dhabi

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FAI Secretary Susanne Schödel witnessed Solar Impulse take-off this morning in Abu Dhabi to reach Muscat (Oman), before crossing the Arabian Sea to Ahmedabad (India).

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2005 : Steve Fossett, the First Man to Fly Solo Around the World, Unrefuelled

Fossett-Global-Flyer-2005 3With whom else than Steve Fossett could we open our series of world record celebrations? From 1995 to 2007, the FAI ratified 93 of his performances, which makes him the holder of the largest number of world records. These figures are unequalled, and they are all the more impressive given that they are linked to achievements in four different air sports, namely Ballooning, Airships, Gliding and General Aviation.

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Aviation and Space World Records Anniversaries to Celebrate in 2015

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The first space-walk by Alexey Leonov in 1965, the first solo flight across the Pacific Ocean by Steve Fossett in 1995, the highest ballooning flight by Vijaypat Singhania in 2005, to name only a few. These are the outstanding records whose anniversaries will be celebrated by FAI in 2015 with a series of articles and social media messages. Dug out of the Federation’s archives, the most valuable, interesting and exclusive documents and pictures will be made available to the public and the media on these occasions.

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Two Eagles Balloon Lands in Mexico After Crossing the Pacific Ocean in a Record Time

Two Eagles Pilots Landing 1Two Eagles Balloon landed on Saturday just off the Baja coast near La Poza Grande in Mexico, at six days, 16 hours and 37 minutes into the mission after taking off from Saga, Japan, on Sunday 25 January. The pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev made a controlled descent to a gentle water landing about four miles off the Baja coast.  They have been picked up by a fishing boat and taken to shore.

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