Astronaut at ESA

Jean-François Clervoy

« What could be more inspiring than reaching the frontier of space using only solar power? At a time when the human race is seeking the most sustainable solutions to ensure the best possible future for subsequent generations, SolarStratos, Raphaël and the team are an outstanding example of how to take up the challenge, combining the dream of space, the promise of a whole new perspective on the planet, and the power of science and technology to achieve feats that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago. To date, mankind has done little more than reach the outer edges of the stratosphere – or simply rush through it in rockets powered by fossil fuels. But now, the stratosphere will be explored using only the power of the sun. This incredible achievement is being made possible through a combination of daring, a winning team, and state-of-the-art technology. And that’s why I’m an enthusiastic supporter of the SolarStratos mission and its first solar stratonaut, set to fulfil the dream of Icarus – and in doing so, fire our collective imagination. »