WISeKey partners with Solar Impulse Becomes Official Fan App Supplier for the inaugural First Round-The-World Solar Flight
Geneva, 16th of March 2015 – WISeKey, the bespoke Swiss CyberSecurity company, today launched the Solar Impulse Official App. The WISfans© mobile app allows the Solar Impulse community to follow each stage of the First Round-The-World Solar Flight.
The first version of the Solar Impulse Official App is available in the Google Play and iTunes stores today, with more features to follow, downloadable from the feature page www.wisfans.com/solarimpulse. WISfans technology, developed by WISeKey, synthesizes the Solar Impulse online community (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, website), bringing together curated content, and injecting exclusive additional content.
The platform continually folds in new cutting-edge digital perks for the worldwide ecosystem to stay connected with the solar plane during the entire the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, including live flight telemetry streaming from the cockpit.
“WISeKey and Solar Impulse are technology innovators and pioneers and I thank WISeKey for allowing us to bring together our community in one mobile entity,” said Bertrand Piccard, Initiator, Chairman, and Pilot of Solar Impulse. André Borschberg, Co-founder, CEO, and Pilot, was enthusiastic about the interactive technology, “Our challenge is to connect our followers around the world with us as pilots in Si2. This app allows us to keep a close connection with people sending us messages from the ground below.”
“This partnership brings together two Swiss-based global leaders that are committed and passionate about pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to achieve a better world,” said Carlos Moreira, Founder and CEO of WISeKey.
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About Solar Impulse
Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard (Chairman) and André Borschberg (CEO) are the founders, pilots and driving force behind Solar Impulse, the first aircraft able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel – propelled solely by the sun’s energy. With the Si2 aircraft, they will attempt the first Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. Supported by Main Partners Solvay, Omega, Schindler, ABB, and Official Partners Google, Altran, Bayer MaterialScience, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Swisscom and Moët Hennessy, this historic first aims at demonstrating that clean technologies can achieve the impossible.
After the original Solar Impulse Si1 prototype which holds 8 world records, Si2 engineers have designed and constructed a new single-seater aircraft made of carbon fiber. It has a 72 meter wingspan (larger than that of the Boeing 747) for a weight of just 2,300 kg, equivalent to that of a car. The 17,248 solar cells built into the wing supply electric motors (17.5 CV each) with renewable energy. The solar cells recharge four lithium polymer batteries totaling 633 kg each, which allow the aircraft to fly at night and therefore have virtually unlimited autonomy.
The Si2 Round-The-World flight will take-off from the Abu Dhabi (UAE), in early March and return by late July 2015. The route includes stops in Muscat, Oman; Ahmedabad and Varanasi, India; Mandalay, Myanmar; and Chongqing and Nanjing, China. After crossing the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, Si2 will fly across the U.S.A. stopping in Phoenix, the Midwest, and New York City at JFK. After crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the final legs include a stop-over in Southern Europe or North Africa before completing the Round-The-World flight at its final destination in Abu Dhabi.
You can download information, photographs and B-roll footage in the press section of the Solar Impulse website: http://press.solarimpulse.com
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