Tuesday, 30 June 2015 17:13
The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, with André Borschberg at the controls, is currently flying through its second night across the Pacific Ocean, using only the energy stocked up during the day by its solar cells. The plane will be slowly losing altitude until dawn, and when the sun will be rising from the sea, the aircraft will again ascend and recharge its batteries until they are full.
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00
Technical hurdles have been overcome and a favourable weather window has finally been found. At 18:03 UTC last night (03:03 local time), Solar Impulse co-founder André Borschberg took off from Nagoya, Japan, onboard zero-fuel aircraft SI2.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 21:15
Sadly, the Solar Impulse team had to cancel the take-off from Nagoya due to worsening weather conditions.This happened at the last minute, when pilot André Borscherg was already in the cockpit, ready to go.
Let's hope that a good weather window will soon be found to allow Borschberg to reach Hawaii !
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 15:35
Solar Impulse is now ready to go. Weather permitting, it will take off from Nagoya, Japan, today at 17.30 UTC, and thus resume its historical attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean and reach Hawaii.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 09:27
With an outstanding pilot in paramotoring, we would like to carry on with the series of FAI World Record anniversaries: Ten years ago on 23 June 2005, the three Russian pilots Vladimir Makurin, Nikolay Karabchouk and Alexander Bogdanov each broke an FAI World Record with a project named “Troika Air”.
Monday, 01 June 2015 17:11
What a day for Borschberg and the Solar Impulse team ! After taking off from Nanjing, China, on Saturday, the weather conditions turned out to be not as favourable as expected, which made the team change their initial plan to fly directly to Hawaii, USA.
André Borschberg, the pilot of the zero-fuel aircraft, was thus forced to land in Nagoya, Japan, at 23:49 local time (14:49 UTC) - after more than 40 hours of flight.
Let us hope that a weather window will soon be found to allow Borschberg to take off again and complete Solar Impulse's plan to cross the Pacific Ocean and to land in Hawaii.
More information at www.solar-impulse.com.
Monday, 01 June 2015 11:16
The weather conditions toward Hawaii have unfortunately deteriorated, and the Solar Impulse team have decided that the zero-fuel airplane, which has taken off on Saturday from Nanjing, China, will have to land in Nagoya, Japan.
Saturday, 30 May 2015 21:11
Solar Impulse took to the air today at 2.39am local time (6.39pm UTC) from Nanjing, China, and started its fantastic bid to cross the Pacific Ocean without using any fuel. If André Borschberg, the pilot of the aircraft, successfully lands in Hawaii, he will have achieved the longest flight in distance and duration by a solar-powered aircraft.
Saturday, 30 May 2015 14:38
Zero-fuel aircraft Solar Impulse with Swiss pilot André Borschberg at the controls will take off at 6pm UTC from Nanjing, China, the team has announced.
It should take 5 or 6 consecutive days and nights (more than 8000 km) for Borschberg to cross the Pacific Ocean from Nanjing, China, to Hawaii, USA: an incredible challenge for a man to undertake. FAI Official Observers are on site to check that everything is done according to the FAI Sporting Code as this flight involves smashing several records of duration and distance by a solar-powered aircraft.
Monday, 25 May 2015 16:19
Although Swiss pilot André Borschberg was getting ready for a possible take-off tonight from Nanjing, China, to cross the Pacific Ocean and reach Hawaii, the Solar Impulse team finally had to decide against the departure of the solar-powered aircraft.
The video below explains why.
Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:13
Balloon World Record not broken since
We are pleased to continue our series of world record celebrations with an exceptional woman in ballooning sports: British Lindsay Muir. She established a female category duration world record for balloons in class AX-10 (Hot-air balloons: 4.000 to 6.000 m³) for a flight of 19h 07min 55sec on 21 May 2000 with the balloon “Lindstrand LBL-210 A” (G-FVBF).