Christian Long

Bertrand Piccard: Solar-powered Airplane

In TED Talks on April 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Reflection by VICTOR L.

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Bertrand Piccard:  Solar-powered Airplane

Many people know nothing about ballooning. Bertrand Piccard sees it as a perfect metaphor for life. He also understands the danger of being dependent on fossil fuels. He believes in the flight of a solar powered airplane and the neutralization of fossil fuel dependency. Bertrand Piccard is out to achieve the impossible, one circumnavigation at a time.

Bertrand Piccard is using what he learned on his balloon flight around the world to build a solar powered airplane.

He believes that ballooning is a perfect example for life. In a balloon you don’t steer horizontally at all. You fly by adjusting altitude to find a different wind current going in the direction you want to go. Just like in ballooning, in life, you can’t fight the current path you’re taking. Instead you must change your path by rising above your previous path. During Bertrand’s flight he had a scare with fuel levels. After that he began thinking of flight without fuel. He imagined a solar-powered airplane that would fly during the day while also charging batteries to power itself at night. When this airplane is built he plans to circumnavigate the world again in it.

Bertrand Piccard is building the future of air flight.

He plans to prove it possible to the world by risking his own life to travel around the globe in his solar-powered airplane. If you like flight in any way, I suggest this video. Bertrand Piccard is out to achieve the impossible, one circumnavigation at a time.


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