What is the purpose of Solar Impulse?
The purpose of Solar Impulse is to attempt the first round the world solar flight, with the aim of promoting and creating awareness of the use of clean technologies.
What are they doing?
Pilots and explorers Bertrand Piccard and Andre’ Borschberg will be flying and travelling for 35,000km from Abu Dhabi, the departure and arrival host city to India, Myanmar, China, Japan, USA, Europe and back to Abu Dhabi. Solar Impulse 2 will have to do what no airplane has ever done before: fly through 5 consecutive days and nights without using any fuel.
How are they doing it?
Through the help of partners such as Covestro, the airplane will fly multiple legs of the round flight from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Muscat, Oman and so forth until they land again in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
#futureisclean – What is this about?
#futureisclean was launched to create a federation of organisations pushing the replacement of old polluting devices by existing clean technologies.
What are the products on the plane?
- The cockpit and structural components feature highly developed materials from Covestro, including polyurethane foams in the cockpit cladding, motor cowling and wings.
- Impranil coating for the Covestro logo. It is the same coating that was used for the official match ball in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
- Another innovation is the door to the cabin, made entirely from Baytherm Microcell foam. The improved lightweight polyurethane (PU) foam boasts high insulation and mechanical properties, with low heat transfer and minimal thickness.
- A sandwich of 1mm thermoformed polycarbonate (PC) sheets is used for the cockpit window, with a 5mm gap between the plates offering additional insulation. A special coating limits fogging during flight and ensures optimal visibility.