André Borschberg

H55, Solar Impulse Spinoff, Introduces Electric 2-Seat Airplane

A spinoff from Solar Impulse, a company going by the short name of H55, has successfully flown its maiden flight in a new electric two-seat airplane. Using an electric propulsion system manufactured by BRM Aero, the Bristell Energic airplane is perfect for pilot training and flight schools. It’s exciting to see the Solar Impulse foundational work now leading to a commercially available electric aircraft, and potentially soon an air taxi.

Around The World On Wings Of The Sun (VIDEO)

Taking turns at the controls of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) — the revolutionary zero-emission solar-powered airplane — pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have succeeded in their mission of achieving the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight. The four-engine plane can fly day and night without a drop of conventional fuel. … [continued]

Solar Impulse Takes Off For New York

I don’t think I’ll ever look up again when I hear a plane overhead. The finest flights, like a bird’s, are now soundless to me. The drone of internal combustion engines is no longer state of the art for aviation. By powering human flight, a new kind of energy has … [continued]

Pioneering Solar Impulse 2 To Crown Its US Journey

Rolling hills, greening woodlands, and orderly farms grace Pennsylvania’s Lehigh River valley, where Solar Impulse 2 landed on the world’s first solar-powered circumnavigation last week. Small cities—Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton—dot the piedmont countryside. You would never expect the peaceful Lehigh Valley to be hosting a high-tech superstar of the 21st century. … [continued]

Soaring With The Sun: History Of Solar Flight

Recent news about the Solar Impulse and its successful landing journey to Hawaii have many renewable energy champions singing the praises of solar flight, even after learning the plane will have to remain in Hawaii until 2016 while overheated batteries are replaced. I consider myself very fortunate to have worked with … [continued]

Solar Impulse 2 Will Remain in Hawaii Until 2016! (Videos)

Originally published on 1Sun4All. BREAKING NEWS from Solar Impulse 2 (Si2): Irreversible Damage To Overheated Batteries In Si2 Pushes The Second Half Of Round-The-World Solar Flight To Early Spring 2016. Despite the hard work of the team to repair the batteries which overheated in the record-breaking oceanic flight from Nagoya to Hawaii, Si2 will stay in Hawaii until … [continued]