Month: June 2017

First international trip for SolarStratos declared a huge success

SolarStratos’ first foreign trip to Quebec in Canada in June was declared a huge success!

During the first half of the trip, the aircraft was at the heart of the Northern Solar Festival in Montreal and the star attraction for thousands of visitors! To celebrate the closing of this event, the Swiss Consulate organised a Swiss evening with röstis, raclette and fondue in the land of reindeer. Ah, Switzerland! We love it and we love its flavours!

During the second half of the trip, between the 19 and 22 June, the Metropolis World Congress gathered 150 mayors from the world’s largest cities at a conference. SolarStratos was due to conduct a first historic flight at this event, but was grounded due to bad weather. Instead Raphael took the opportunity to deliver an impressive and engaging lecture to close the event.

As the month of June comes to a close, the aircraft is somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean tucked away in its container. When it arrives in Europe in mid-July, it will be returned to its cradle in Hurlach, Germany, for some work. As for the SolarStratos team, they are concentrating on the next step which will be to reach 10,000 metres of altitude by the end of 2017.

SolarStratos may be back in Europe, but the team still has a presence in Central Asia, at the International Expo’s Swiss pavilion in Astana, Kazakhstan, where visitors can learn about our mission at the edge of space until the 10 September.

Finally, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our new partners Fischer Connectors and Presence Switzerland!

Headquartered in St-Prex, Fischer Connectors, a Swiss multinational specializing in high-reliability and high-quality connectivity, becomes our Official Partner! Fischer Connectors will be in charge of developing specific lightweight and resistant solutions to extreme conditions for our solar airplane, allowing us to connect our various onboard cameras!

Presence Switzerland, the branch of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs tasked with promoting Switzerland globally, comes onboard as our new institutional partner.

Thank you very much to both partners for your trust and support!

More good news, particularly on the topic of partnerships, will be announced in August, but first it is holiday time. If you are planning a break, enjoy it! And don’t forget to stay posted on our news through our social networks.

With solar best wishes,
Raphael and the SolarStratos team

From Kazakstan to Canada: SolarStratos shines all over the globe

Last Saturday, June 10, the 2017 Expo opened in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. Visitors of the Swiss Pavilion will be able to discover SolarStratos, which will hold an information stand until September 10. The theme of this first international exhibition in Central Asia is “the energy of the future”. Designed by our new partner Présence Suisse, the Swiss Pavilion aims to make visitors aware of the sustainable management of natural resources, thanks to an original exhibition presenting its capacity for innovation in the field of energy.

From Central Asia, SolarStratos “flies” to the antipodes to get to Canada. The aircraft arrived at the beginning of June in its container by sea. The SolarStratos team is ready to join and prepare for the few days of celebration at the Nordic Solar Festival (June 15-22) and Metropolis (June 19-22). Continue to follow us to find out how “Mission Montreal” took place and what awaits SolarStratos in the coming months!

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