The Mission To Fly A Solar-Powered Plane Around The World

Flight over Switzerland, 2011

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Flight over Switzerland, 2011

© Solar Impulse

The Mission To Fly A Solar-Powered Plane Around The World

In 1999, the Swiss explorer Bertrand Piccard became the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a balloon. The journey took three weeks but he almost didn’t make it, nearly running out of fuel. That close call inspired Piccard to...

In 1999, the Swiss explorer Bertrand Piccard became the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a balloon. The journey took three weeks but he almost didn’t make it, nearly running out of fuel. That close call inspired Piccard to attempt another flight around the world--this time without relying on fossil fuels. Today he is just years away from accomplishing that dream. This time the trip won’t be in a balloon, but a plane. Piccard, and his partner, Andre Borschberg, are the first to build and fly a solar powered plane that can fly at night. The two join Diane for the hour to talk about adventure, innovation and the flying without fossil fuel.

Guests

Bertrand Piccard

psychiatrist and aeronaut. He made the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight and he is the initiator and chairman of Solar Impulse.

Andre Borschberg

an engineer and pilot. He is the co-founder and CEO of Solar Impulse.

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