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Andre BorschbergCEO Solar Impulse and Co-pilot of Bertrand Piccard
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Fuelled by a drive to push the boundaries of the possible in both technology and human endeavors, André Borschberg is an entrepreneur whose passion for exploration is matched only by his persistence to drive economic, environmental and spiritual growth.
Heading the Solar Impulse project together with Bertrand Piccard, Borschberg converted the vision of a solar aeroplane of unlimited autonomy into reality building up the technical team, leading the design, construction and test of the two prototypes as well as organising the flight missions. The result was the successful completion of the first-ever circumnavigation of the globe in a solar aeroplane without a drop of fuel. In addition to conceiving the revolutionary aircraft and piloting it around the globe, Borschberg has led the evolution of aviation technology into new, energy efficient solutions that will also serve and transform a number of industries.
In 2015, during the Japan-to-Hawaii leg of the mission, Andre Borschberg flew for the first time ever 5 days and 5 nights non-stop over the Pacific Ocean breaking the world record for the longest solo flight in an aeroplane of any kind. He had previously achieved recognition for the first-ever day and night flight in a solar aeroplane flying Solar Impulse 1 in 2010, followed by a number of different world records.