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04-01-2015

Solvay Exhibits Solar Impulse 1 in Paris

The reassembly of the Solar Impulse 1 at The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris (figure: Solvay)

At Paris Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Solvay SA, Brussels, Belgium, is exhibiting the prototype Solar Impulse 1, the solar plane which carried out a large number of missions, including a flight across America in 2013 without using a drop of fuel. It will be showcased in the main hall, backed up by a specific multimedia show and a flight simulator for kids from 31 March 2015 until 31 March 2017.

"Exhibiting Solar Impulse 1 at the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie gives the plane a second life, sending out an optimistic message to younger generations that the impossible can be made possible by audacity, innovation and clean technologies. From its home in Paris, Solar Impulse 1 will thus be accompanying its big brother Solar Impulse 2 in the latter's ambitious round-the-world flight. The plane thus has great symbolic value, all the more so on account of the COP 21 to be held this year", said Claude Michel, head of the Solar Impulse partnership at Solvay.

Commissioned in December 2009, the prototype Solar Impulse 1 made 77 flights, establishing 8 FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale) records in the course of its 480 flight hours. Unveiled in April 2014, the second version of the plane, Solar Impulse 2, took off on its round-the-world solar-powered flight in March 2015. Starting out from Abu Dhabi on 9 March and after a short flight to Muscat, the capital of Oman, the Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg flew over to Ahmedabad in India on 10 March. From there, they flew to Varanasi (India) and Mandalay (Myanmar). On Monday Solar Impulse 2 reached Chongqing in China. The next stages will take it to Nanjing (China) and to Hawaii after a very long five-day and five-night flight. From there, it will fly across America and over the Atlantic to Europe or North Africa, before heading back to Abu Dhabi.

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