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Published on March 19th, 2015 | by Amber Archangel


Solar Impulse Says Goodbye To India! Hello, Myanmar! (Video)

March 19th, 2015 by  

Originally published on 1Sun4All.

Solar Impulse says the 4th stopover in the round-the-world attempt will be in Myanmar, Mandalay, where Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) will be grounded for three days. Mandalay, the second-largest city in Myanmar and the last royal capital of Burma, will give the team warm, dry days with an abundance of sunshine to charge the solar cells on Si2’s wings.

We can watch Si2 inflight for the duration of the journey to Mandalay in the video below.

Bertrand Piccard, co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse, is flying the silver airplane for around 15 hours in this 4th leg of the RTW mission.

Myanmar is the only scheduled stop in Southeast Asia. The Government of Myanmar, together with the Embassy of Switzerland in Myanmar and Solar Impulse, is making the visit to Myanmar possible, with support from local partner First Myanmar Investment Co. (FMI) and international partners Schindler and ABB.

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Si2’s visit is a significant milestone marking Myanmar’s arrival to the international stage and will raise awareness on the pressing need for sustainable and innovative energy solutions. During the plane’s stop in Mandalay, approximately 1,000 students from the surrounding universities will attend educational learning sessions, meeting with the pilots and gaining knowledge around renewable energies.

Bertrand Piccard said on Twitter:

Bertrand Piccard added:

And just an hour ago, he tweeted:

“The authorities and our partners in Myanmar are aware of the importance of clean technologies. I still remember flying in the Breitling Orbiter 2 over Myanmar. It was gorgeous to fly in a silent way over so many temples calling for inner peace and wisdom,” remembered Bertrand Piccard.

André Borschberg, also co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse, added, “I am looking forward to meeting students in Mandalay, organized by FMI, as Solar Impulse is also about working together to inspire the current and future generations of the world.”

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Solar Impulse tweeted this photo yesterday with this note: “the Sleepy #solarTEAM under #Si2‘s wings on the #Varanasi runway!”

Video Credit: SOLAR IMPULSE | Photo Credits: Solar Impulse 2 team resting on the tarmac in Varanasi, India and 1ST LEG: Landing Abu Dhabi-Oman, rezo.ch via Solar Impulse 


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-- I am an artist, painter, writer, interior designer, graphic designer, and constant student of many studies. Living with respect for the environment close at hand, the food chain, natural remedies for healing the earth, people and animals is a life-long expression and commitment. As half of a home-building team, I helped design and build harmonious, sustainable and net-zero homes that incorporate clean air systems, passive and active solar energy as well as rainwater collection systems. Private aviation stirs a special appeal, I would love to fly in the solar airplane and install a wind turbine in my yard. I am a peace-loving, courageous soul, and I am passionate about contributing to the clean energy revolution. I formerly designed and managed a clean energy website, 1Sun4All.com.

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