At 07:12 local time, Andre Borschberg took off from Abu Dhabi. In itself, there’s nothing remarkable about taking off from a busy airport. What is unusual is that his aircraft did not carry a single drop of fuel. As I write this, Borschberg is flying the first leg of the first solar powered flight around the world.
There’s a video of the take-off here:
I wrote more about the Solar Impulse project last week. The project’s own website follows the flight in realtime, though I’ve been finding it difficult to get into this morning. I hope means they are getting the traffic they deserve.
Best of luck to the project leaders and pilots, Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. They are putting their lives on the line to push the limits of what can be done a few notches further away from the rest of us. We’ll never stop needing people like that.