Success for solar powered night-time flight!
July 8th, 2010 by elisa

Last night I posted a blog about the world-first attempt at a night-time flight by a solar powered aircraft. I’m pleased to report that the mission was a success and the plane landed safely in a Swiss airfield at 8am this morning.

In response to the success, project co-founder Bertrand Piccard said: “When you took off it was another era. You land in a new era where people understand that with renewable energy you can do impossible things.”

In Solar Impulse’s blog there are signs of real joy, not just a dry report on how the flight was as they’d hoped, but a genuine feeling of elation on behalf of all the team:

 “Thanks to all of you out there for all your support, your pertinent questions, your displays of emotion and dedication to the project. You don’t know how good it feels to know that so much of the world is with us. From Auckland to Shanghai the long way round, you’ve all been great.

I’m now off to kiss the airplane for you – André might be a bit bushy by now, but I’ll certainly hug him hard. You all go off and pick a sunflower, plant it in your yard, and keep the spirit alive.

 Till the next, fabulous step toward a greener, more sustainable world.”

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