October 1, 2013 > Google and Solar Impulse enter partnership
Google and Solar Impulse enter partnership
Google, the Silicon Valley based Internet company, becomes Solar ImpulseÕs official Internet Technology Partner. To commemorate this, Solar Impulse will take their Google+ URL (google.com/+solarimpulse) to new heights on the side of their Swiss Solar Impulse airplane.
This formal partnership is an important step in bringing Solar Impulse closer to its ultimate goal of flying around the world using only solar energy (2015).
Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard (Chairman) and André Borschberg (CEO) are the founders, pilots and the driving force behind Solar Impulse, the first airplane that can fly day and night without fuel. Solar Impulse is a unique adventure that aims to bring emotions back at the heart of scientific exploration, a flying laboratory to find innovative technological solutions for todayÕs challenges and a vision to inspire each of us to be pioneers in our everyday lives.
This revolutionary carbon fibre airplane has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 (63.4m / 208 ft) and the weight of a small car (1,600kg / 3,527 lb). It is the result of seven years of intense work, calculations, simulations and tests by a team of about 80 people and 100 partners and advisors. A plane so big and light has never been built before. The 12,000 solar cells built into the wing provide four 10HP electric motors with renewable energy. By day the solar cells recharge the 400kg / 881 lb lithium batteries which allow the plane to fly at night.
According to Dr. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Co-Founders of Solar Impulse Òthis partnership is a unique occasion to promote mutually shared values like pioneering spirit,Êinnovation, engineering excellence and clean technologies allowing to protect natural resources.ÊWith Google on board, our reach with the public, younger generations, media and political and business decision makers will be significantly enhancedÓ.
The partnership comes out of the successful collaboration between Google and Solar Impulse this past summer during the Across America Mission. Solar Impulse will continue to leverage its multimedia and online activities across various Google platformsÊincluding YouTube, Google+, Google Glass and Google Earth in order to better communicate with its supporters.