Solar Impulse completes the Round-the-World flight
26 July, 2016 – Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) completed the first Round-the-World (RTW) solar flight without a drop of fuel, proving that clean technologies can achieve the impossible.
The circumnavigation of the globe, which began on 9 March 2015, concluded earlier today when Bertrand Piccard landed in Abu Dhabi. This 17-leg journey took 21 days of flight time and covered over 43,000 km as Si2 crossed Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the USA, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East.
During the pioneering flight, Solar Impulse set 19 world records, including André Borschberg's particularly memorable Pacific crossing, which lasted for five consecutive days and nights.
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has been part of the Solar Impulse adventure since 2012 as its official partner and sole insurance provider.
"The Solar Impulse sponsorship has enhanced the visibility of our company and promoted our positioning as a global insurer committed to sustainability and renewable energy," stated Agostino Galvagni, CEO of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. "I am convinced that Solar Impulse's triumph will remind us that Swiss Re Corporate Solutions was part of a historic project that pushed the limits of technology and human endurance."
The Solar Impulse team will continue to actively promote the use of modern clean technologies through the newly created International Committee for Clean Technologies. In addition, their engineers will work on developing solar powered drones, which could fly at high altitude for months, replacing satellites or complementing services in the area of observation and communication.
Watch Solar Impulse landing in Abu Dhabi.
Revisit the Flight for the Future: Pioneers in Risk series to see how our partnership started and learn about our common goals. These short films examine how we manage risks like extreme weather, human error, engineering challenges, and more. This History Channel production features members of the Solar Impulse team alongside our Swiss Re and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions colleagues.
Have a look at top 10 photos from the first round-the-world solar flight.
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