Across America Mission: Solar Impulse leaves Phoenix for Dallas

solar impulse across america 2Solar Impulse, the solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, will today depart from Phoenix for Dallas to complete the second leg of its flight across america.


Solar Impulse to attempt to fly across America

solar-impulse-across-america jean revillardOn 3 May, Solar Impulse, the Swiss solar-powered aircraft, will take off from San Francisco, USA, at 6:00 local time (15:00 CEST).

Bertrand Piccard, the initiator of the Solar Impulse project, will pilot the airplane from San Francisco, California, to Phoenix, Arizona. This will be the first leg of the coast-to-coast flights across the USA. It is expected to land tomorrow around 1:00 local time (the estimated flight duration is 19 hours).


Largest Freefall Formation (Feminine category) European Record broken!

The FAI has just ratified the european record of the largest freefall formation (feminine category) achieved by 88 parachutists in Kolomna, Russia. They superseded the record established in 2008 by 70 parachutists. Congratulations !record-16588-largest-formation-2012


Baumgartner’s Records Ratified by FAI !

baumgartnerThe FAI has today ratified the 3 world records claimed by Austrian parachutist Felix Baumgartner for Maximum Vertical Speed, Exit Altitude and Vertical Distance of Freefall.

On 14 October 2012 and supported by a team of experts from the Red Bull Stratos Mission, Felix took off from Roswell, USA, aboard a pressurised capsule attached to a helium balloon. Wearing a specially designed suit, Felix was carried high into the sky up to an altitude of 38969.4m, where he exited the capsule and launched himself down towards Earth. Felix achieved a freefall distance of 36402.6 m and reached the speed of 1357.6 km/h before opening his parachute and landing safely on the ground.


Felix Baumgartner's preliminary World Records claim received

FelixBaumgartnerThe FAI has just received the prelimary claim for Felix Baumgartner's World Records.

The following figures must be ratified before the FAI can officially approve the World Records.


Baumgartner breaks the Maximum Vertical Speed World Record

Felix Baumgartner has been recognised today by the FAI for breaking the Maximum Vertical Speed World Record without a drogue or stabilization device.

Baumgartner-gartner-16435Baumgartner on the day of the world record
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The 43 year old Austrian Baumgartner was carried high up in the sky by a pressurised capsule attached to a helium balloon. Wearing a specially designed suit, he exited the capsule at an altitude of 21’818 meters (71'581 feet) and achieved a jump during which he reached the staggering record speed of 587 km per hour.


Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones

Piccard and Jones celebrate

In March 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones achieve the first round-the-world flight in a balloon, aboard the Breitling Orbiter III, from March 1 to March 21 1999.


Brazilian students and their professor build a World Record breaking aircraft

16134_cea-308-halboth_1.previewStudents and professor from the Brazilian University UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – Federal University of Minas Gerais State) joined forces to design and build an aircraft that broke no less than four World Records!


The FAI ratifies Solar Impulse's World Records

First Night Flight - Solar Impulse Juillet 2010 -grand format 512The FAI has officially recognised three World Records achieved during a Solar Impulse's flight.


Solar-Powered Plane Set for Take-Off

Solar Impulse 2010PAYERNE, 10 MARCH 2010 – FAI Secretary-General Stéphane Desprez was among 250 official guests to attend the arrival of Solar Impulse, the revolutionary solar-powered aeroplane pioneered by FAI’s Honorary Patron Bertrand Piccard, at its new hangar in Payerne, Switzerland.


10 year anniversary of Breitling Orbiter 3

On 1st March 1999 Bertrand Piccard set off in Breitling Orbiter 3 to become the first balloon to circumnavigate the globe non-stop. Accompanied by his co-pilot Brian Jones, Piccard took off from the Swiss village of Chateau d’Oex and landed 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes later in the Egyptian desert.


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