Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane, will try to fly clear across the US beginning this May. The unprecedented flight from Pacific to Atlantic is scheduled to take place in multiple stages, says Bayer MaterialScience, an official partner of this ambitious project.
Solar Impulse’s scheduled flight from San Francisco at the Pacific coast via Phoenix, Dallas and Washington to New York City at the Atlantic coast will be its longest mission to date.
“The pioneering Solar Impulse mission is the ideal platform to demonstrate how Bayer’s innovation can contribute to society’s needs,” said Richard Northcote, Head of sustainability, Bayer. “And, like Solar Impulse, Bayer MaterialScience is committed to continuously reducing energy consumption while using clean technologies.”
Bayer MaterialScience is collaborating with the Swiss Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, co-founders of the Solar Impulse project. A second aircraft is under construction which aims to become the first manned aircraft to circumnavigate the globe without any fuel in 2015. “With this cooperation we are truly living our motto – ‘Bayer: Science for a Better Life’ – as we make progress together toward more energy-efficient transportation solutions in the future,” said Patrick Thomas, CEO of Bayer.