Bertrand Piccard, the Swiss mastermind behind Solar Impulse, has harnessed his pioneering spirit and thirst for exploration for a global cause: the quality of life for future generations. Fuel-free perpetual flight in a solar aircraft represents more than just a technological feat – it is a symbol of what each and every one of us can achieve if we challenge ourselves and believe in the impossible.
“I decided to become an explorer in July 1969,” explains Bertrand Piccard. “I remember the moment exactly – I was 11 years old and my father had just begun his voyage in the Ben Franklin mesoscaphe, the vessel he had designed to study the Gulf Stream.”
While Apollo 11 was taking off for the Moon, Piccard junior was rubbing shoulders with astronauts, physicists, scholars and explorers, devouring every word they said. Dreams and reality merged, the line between them becoming blurred. From then on, Piccard wanted to emulate his father and grandfather in applying his imagination to environmental and humanist causes.
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