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Building and flying a solar airplane is something many consider impossible. To produce this incredible aircraft is one of the challenges the team has already accomplished during the past twelve years. To encircle the globe, Solar Impulse will have to do what no airplane nor human being has done before: Fly through 5 consecutive days and nights without using any fuel.
Very long flight durations, presenting a solo pilot in an unpressurized, unheated cockpit with extremes of temperatures (+40 to - 40 degrees) are the challenge the Bertrand and André are facing in the tiny Solar Impulse 2 cockpit.
The Mission Control Center, based in Monaco, is the heart of the entire Mission. The team brings together experts responsible for preparing the flights and missions. They play an important role in providing the pilots with data crucial for following their flight plan.
A multidisciplinary team with 80 specialists, 90 partners and about a hundred advisors have developed the largest aircraft ever built with such a low weight. Twelve years of of calculations, simulation, building and testing the first prototype have lead to today - SI2 is now ready to take off.