Solar Impulse is the brainchild of Swiss aviators, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. They set out and accomplished something that still seems impossible today: the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, powered only by the sun, with no fuel or polluting emissions.
Taking turns in the single-seater 3.8m3 cockpit, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg flew Si2 around the world in 23 days, 43’041 km and 17 legs, crossing Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the USA, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East.
The landing in Abu Dhabi on 26 July 2016 with Bertrand Piccard at the controls brought full circle the historic circumnavigation that began on 9 March 2015 when Si2 set off from Abu Dhabi piloted by André Borschberg.
A total of 19 world records were set, in particular when André Borschberg accomplished the pioneering first of flying five consecutive days and nights over the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii in the longest duration a solo airplane of any kind has ever flown and when Bertrand Piccard achieved the historic first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a solar airplane.