The flight is the most symbolic to date in the Solar Impulse around the world mission, which is to show the world the possibilities of clean energy technologies.
The Statue of Liberty symbolizes American liberty, fought for in a new frontier and enabled by a new form of government created by risk taking pilgrims, colonizers, explorers and pioneers. Today clean energy is the uncharted frontier and technology is the enabler.
It is an amazing reality that Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg can fly indefinitely using only the power of the sun if weather and limitations of human endurance allowed. They, like pilgrims, have taken great risk to try something else. They, like colonizers, have developed the foundation, this one of clean energy technology, for others to build upon. They, like explorers, have foraged into the unknown on a mission that literally changes with every shift of the wind. They, like pioneers, have tirelessly pursued their vision with hard work, passion and optimism.
Lady Liberty’s torch represents progress and her crown is composed of seven sun rays, one for each of the seven seas and continents. Solar Impulse similarly represents progress and is leveraging the power of the sun to bring the message to the seven seas and continents that the future is clean.
Tune in this evening from wherever you are in the world between 11pm and midnight US Pacific Time (2-3am Eastern) and watch this symbolic flight live at www.SolarImpulse.com. #FutureIsClean
You may also be interested to view these WorkTechWork pieces on Solar Impulse:
- Video Interview: Bertrand Piccard
- Video Interview: Andre Borschberg
- Blog: Solar Impulse: A Wearable Technology Enabled Journey
June 10, 2016: Note: The Solar Impulse fly over NYC earlier this week was delayed due to weather. They will attempt again tonight, June 10, at approximately on 11pm USA Pacific Time (between 2-3am the morning of June 11 in NYC). Tune in & watch history in the making!