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Huge turnout for Solar heroes

Huge turnout for Solar heroes

By Staff Writer - February 16, 2017

Photo: Twitter Solar Impulse
Photo: Twitter Solar Impulse

Around a thousand people attended the screening of the film “Solar Impulse, the Impossible World Tour” on Monday night at the Rainier III Auditorium. The special event was organised by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the government, and held in the presence of HSH Prince Albert.

The two founders and pilots of the solar aircraft, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, spoke at the end of the evening on their exploit: to travel 43,000 kilometres across five continents and two oceans on board the solar aircraft without using a drop of fuel.

Leaving Abu Dhabi on March 9, 2015, the two pilots took turns during the 17 stages aboard the plane, a single-seater with electric motors fuelled solely by solar energy, until their return on July 26 last year. Throughout their epic adventure, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the whole of the Principality actively supported the project, which had its mission control in Monaco.

Article first published February 14, 2017.

 

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