Brisa, Turkey’s leading and Europe’s 7th largest tyre company, and Solar Impulse inked an agreement making the company the Official Partner of Solar Impulse in Turkey. Through this partnership, Brisa will promote Solar Impulse’s historic journey in Turkey and create awareness among Turkish audiences about the “future of humankind’s journey”, sustainability and the use of renewable energy sources.
Upon July 2015 scheduled possible completion of the first-ever round-the-world flight in a solar plane, Solar Impulse and its two pioneers, innovators and pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, will make history. Brisa is hoping to proudly joining Solar Impulse team in that historic moment.
Around the world with the airplane that can theoretically stay in the air forever
Solar Impulse, the product of more than 10 years of R&D efforts, is an airplane that can fly during both day and night time with the energy it receives only from sun and stores in lithium batteries. In this way, Solar Impulse can theoretically stay in the air forever and weighs only 2300 kg, only as heavy as a family car. The wingspan, where 17,000 solar cells are installed, is 72 meters, longer than that of a Boeing 747's. Before its round-the-world flight, Solar Impulse has already broken 8 world records with a first prototype including, the first ever night flight performed by a solar airplane, the first intercontinental solar flight and the crossing of the United States in 2013.
During the historical round-the-world flight that is aiming to start from Abu Dhabi on March 1, 2015, Solar Impulse will stay in the air for 500 hours in total and travel a distance of 35,000 kilometers. Solar Impulse will make stopovers in Oman, India, Myanmar and China respectively, and then arrive in Hawaii by crossing the Pacific Ocean. Solar Impulse will travel to USA after Hawaii, then cross the Atlantic Ocean and have its final stop in Europe or North Africa before returning back to Abu Dhabi where it will conclude the world tour. The most challenging route of Solar Impulse will be the crossing of the Pacific Ocean, with two flights that should last 5 nights and 5 days in a row. The temperature inside the unpressurized cabin is expected to alter between +40 and -40depending on the altitude. This will cause extremely hard physical conditions for the pilots.