Solar Impulse private reception inspires guests in Washington DC

On June 20, 2013, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions hosted an exclusive private reception and educational event about the Solar Impulse airplane at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Nearly 70 guests entered the Solar Impulse hangar, located at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport. Guests were able to see this impressive aircraft up close and hear CEO, co-founder and pilot, André Borschberg, describe its technological innovations and the importance insurance and risk management play in helping to bring Solar Impulse's message of sustainability and pioneering spirit across America.

Jan Ellerbrock, Head Operations for Corporate Solutions, welcomed guests and discussed our involvement as the sole insurance provider to the project and how Solar Impulse aligns uniquely to the company's focus on climate mitigation and sustainability. 

Mr. Borschberg provided an in-depth overview of the Solar Impulse mission, discussed the upcoming circumnavigation of the globe, and showed how he and pilot, Bertrand Piccard, train to fly the next generation Solar Impulse plane, the HB-SIB, which is currently in construction. Guests participated in an open Q&A about the plane, its development, technology innovations and sustainability mission.

The presentation also included two videos, one about the founders and pilots, and a second time-lapse video demonstrating how Solar Impulse was deconstructed in Switzerland and re-engineered in the US for its 'Across America' mission.

Solar Impulse plans to depart from Washington, DC, to New York City later this week on the last leg of its Across America mission. On Monday, July 15th, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions will host a final broker and client event with Solar Impulse at New York City’s JFK Airport.

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