H-55 airplane, a Solar Impulse technological spin off
Nyon, Switzerland - Its electric demonstrator aircraft, aEro1, has successfully flown more than 50 hours with a battery endurance exceeding more than 1 hour
After building the 2 Solar Impulse electric airplanes and flying 5 days and 5 nights non-stop over the Pacific in Solar Impulse 2, the longest flight ever of a single pilot airplane, Solar Impulse’s Co-Founder André Borschberg is now taking electric propulsion technology a step further. H-55, which he co-founded, will develop and leverage the potential of electric propulsion in the world of aviation. H-55 focuses on the entire propulsion chain starting from the energy source and its management, right through thrust and power, as well as pilot interface and all control systems. H-55 ‘s electric demonstrator aircraft, aEro1, has successfully flown more than 50 hours with a battery endurance exceeding more than 1 hour. The H-55 Co-Founders are: Chairman of the board, André Borschberg, will continue with his passion in developing solutions with today’s existing technologies to change air transportation of tomorrow; Sebastien Demont, formerly Head of Electrical Engineering at Solar Impulse; Dominique Steffen former Red Bull paraglider world champion and experienced Head of Engineering for large-scale projects at Kissling & Zbinden; Thomas Pfammatter, a professional airplane and helicopter pilot with over 10’000 flight hours, former CEO and CFO of Swiss companies and founder of different start-ups; and, Gregory Blatt, also from Solar Impulse where he was Managing Director for Marketing and External Relations. While H-55 represents Solar Impulse’s technological heritage, Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse, continues to bring the legacy and the message of the historic Solar Impulse project to new dimensions. He recently initiated the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, a platform to federate the main actors in the field of clean technologies with the objective of showcasing profitable and tangible solutions to environmental challenges. Solar Impulse Co-founders will maintain their partnership and an involvement in their respective endeavours.
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