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Omega watches the successful completion of the first ever round-the-world solar flight

connoisseur August 9, 2016 0
Omega watches the successful completion of the first ever round-the-world solar flight

Solar Impulse has flown into Abu Dhabi and into the future by completing the first ever round-the-world flight powered only by the Sun. Omega congratulates Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and the entire Solar Impulse team.

After years of preparation and many astonishing flights that began in March 2015, the round-the-world mission has been completed. Along the way, it has set a number of records including the new world record for a solo endurance flight (117 hours and 51 minutes from Japan to Hawaii). Omega has been an avid supporter of the Solar Impilse project and has provided both capital and key technological contributions.

In the early days of Solar Impulse, Omega developed a performance simulation and testing system for the project. Soon afterwards, the Omega Instrument, an easy-to-read device that displays important parameters to assist the pilot during approach and landing, was invented by astronaut and Swatch Group Board Member Claude Nicollier.

Omega has also developed a landing light system which, including cables and mounts, weighs only about a kilogram and delivers an incredible “watt to weight” ratio. The brand has also been responsible for an energy dispatcher that can transfer energy from one engine to another. Through its work with Solar Impulse, Omega has once again been an enduring partner in mankind’s greatest dreams.