SolarStratos completes successful tests and demonstration flights at La-Chaux-de-Fonds!
The SolarStratos team had an exceptional weekend at the Journées de l’Aviation at Les Eplatures airport in La Chaux-de-Fonds on 13, 14 and 15 May.
Having monitored the weather closely and pinpointed a window of opportunity, SolarStratos took off from Payerne on the Friday with Axel Valat at the controls and Raphaël Domjan on board.
At Les Eplatures airport, the solar plane made history becoming the first solar aircraft to land in the canton of Neuchâtel. The landing was complex – on a more technical and shorter runway and at an altitude of over 1,000 metres – but smooth.
Saturday was marked by a demonstration flight above the airport with a spectacular parachute jump by SolarStratos’ Raphaël. This was our eco-explorer’s second freefall from an electric plane!
Sunday saw the solar aircraft return to the base in Payerne piloted by our test pilot, but with a special guest onboard. Roland Loos, our CEO flew solar for the first time and was able to witness first-hand the work accomplished so far by the technical team. A magnificent and well-deserved flight.
European Climate Summit 2022 in Barcelona: Raphaël’s conference
Our eco-explorer was invited to participate in the European Climate Summit 2022 in Barcelona, Spain, on the 24 May. He presented his vision of the future and outlined the SolarStratos mission to numerous experts and political decision-makers during a conference on the theme of ‘experimental ecology and optimistic solutions for a sustainable world’. It was a golden opportunity to highlight the potential of solar energy and electric mobility on land and in the air to today’s decision makers.
World premiere in Verbier
Between the 18 June and 1 July, as soon as weather conditions allow, the Valais resort will be the backdrop for a unique public event: a joint world premiere involving SolarStratos and Géraldine Fasnacht, a world renown freeride snowboarder, base jumper, and wingsuit pilot.
In a magnificent setting, at the heart of the village, a colourful air show will unfold. To learn more or for the exact date of this premiere, please stay tuned to our social media channels on Facebook – Instagram – Twitter – Linkedin: @SolarStratos and come and join us for this extraordinary moment!