Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:53
Solar 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.
Friday, 03 May 2013 11:35
On 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).
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 11:49
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 They superseded the record established in 2008 by 70 parachutists.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 !
Friday, 22 February 2013 11:31
The 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.
Monday, 15 October 2012 14:50
The 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.
Thursday, 26 July 2012 17:45
Felix Baumgartner has been recognised today by the FAI for breaking the Maximum Vertical Speed World Record without a drogue or stabilization device.
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.
Friday, 05 August 2011 18:08
Students 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!
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 00:05
PAYERNE, 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.
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 00:53
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.