Dear Scotts Contracting, Solar Impulse will be taking off from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (MO) for Washington Dulles (VA) tomorrow Friday June 14th around 4 AM CDT (UTC-5). Piloted by André, it’s expected to be a challenging flight due to high cross and headwinds. Because of this, Solar Impulse will do a pit stop at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport (OH) in order to change pilots, rest and take-off the following morning with better weather conditions. With Bertrand at the controls, the solar airplane will take-off the next morning, Saturday June 15th around 8 AM EDT (UTC-4) and land in the nation’s capital sometime after midnight EDT (UTC-4).
Follow this flight live streaming and virtual cockpit on our website with key interviews and highlights about previous flights. The show start one hour before scheduled take-off. Content is constantly added to the site throughout the flight such as photos, blog articles and flight updates on the flight chart below the live video!
After the Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit.com, our pilots André and Bertrand will do a live Hang-Out, from the air and from the ground, with Google Science Fair. The Hang-Out will open a couple of hours after take-off and will last 30 minutes; the exact time is yet to be determined. If you want to join this unique event, click here. The Hang-Out will be moderated by Olga Garcia of Google Science Fair while Gavin Ovsak, AB Duke Scholar and Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science student at Duke University, will be asking questions.
The fun part is that you too might get a chance to ask something! Just post your question on the Hang-Out page; three of them will be drawn and submitted to Gavin to ask the pilots. The Hang Out will be an international event with Olga moderating from Austin (TX), one pilot in St. Louis (MO), one in the air, Gary, the technical coordinator from Scotland, and David of Solar Impulse TV from Payerne (Switzerland)!
Also, as a token of appreciation to all our supporters, we will be drawing at random 5 names to speak to the pilot while flying! More information will be added on our website and during the live streaming of the flight.
Please be aware that the flight schedule could change before Friday if the Flight Director orders to fly another day or change the itinerary. You can regularly check the Solar Impulse website for the latest news concerning the flight or other updates.
Reaching the capital of the United States is very symbolic as it will be the first to last stop of this coast-to-coast journey in a solar airplane. It’s also the nation’s central nervous system where political decisions are made and bills are passed. Solar Impulse will present its Clean Generation initiative, meant to inspire people and incite politicians, policy makers, businessmen and the public to adopt clean technologies. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will visit the airplane during the prize giving ceremony by the Solar Energy Industry Association for the category Solar Innovator Award this coming Monday June 17th while a breakfast will be held on Capitol Hill on Wednesday June 19th.
The Solar Impulse team will organize an Open House, Sunday 16th of June, come whenever you want between 1PM and 5 PM! The HB-SIA will be at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, free entrance. Get the directions here.