After 43 000 km (more than 26 500 m), Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse 2 airplane in Abu Dhabi, 4:05 AM local time. Official supporter since the beginning, Air Liquide is proud to support this unprecedented round the world with solar airplane by providing oxygen to the pilot.
"I can't believe I've landed, 13 years after having dreamt of flying around the world without fuel", declared Bertrand Piccard.
A partner of choice for the aviation industry for many decades, Air Liquide is expert for onboard oxygen systems, it was natural that the company became official supporter of the project in 2013. Air Liquide provides aeronautic oxygen; a vital oxygen for the pilots at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters. Very pure, like its therapeutic counterpart, it is also very dry. Usually a disadvantage – because dry oxygen is less comfortable – here this is an advantage. There is no risk of freezing despite the conditions that may prevail in the Si2 cockpit.
Solar Impulse aims to inspire adoption of clean technologies as way to improve the quality of life on Earth. A vision shared by Air Liquide also involved in clean energies.
Air Liquide and Solar Impulse