Om ega’s all out sup­port for So­lar Im pulse project

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SPLIT SECONDS -

Omega once more ral­lied its sup­port be­hind the So­lar Im­pulse Project, an ef­fort the brand has backed for many years. The project is a pri­vately fi­nanced ef­fort that aims at see­ing an ex­per­i­men­tal air­craft, the So­lar Im­pulse, cir­cum­nav­i­gate the Earth us­ing only so­lar power – a chal­lenge that makes a bold state­ment about vi­able al­ter­na­tives to non-re­new­able en­ergy.

Pi­lot Ber­trand Pic­card landed the So­lar Im­pulse 2 in Nan­jing, China a few weeks back, in April 22, af­ter a 17-hour flight from Chongqing, which marks its fi­nal leg in China, and con­cluded the sixth leg of its world tour. For 10 days, the fuel-free aero­plane un­der­went ser­vice and main­te­nance, in prepa­ra­tion for the next chal­leng­ing sec­tor where the plane is set to fly across the Pa­cific for the US, and make a stop in Africa be­fore fi­nally re­turn­ing to Abu Dhabi, where it took off on March 9. The plane had so far cov­ered some 7,000 km.

Omega has a long his­tory with this project, hav­ing con­trib­uted to a num­ber of im­por­tant tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions that aided in help­ing re­al­ize its goals. Among th­ese con­tri­bu­tions is a light­weight land­ing lights sys­tem, which has been en­hanced for the sun-pow­ered ve­hi­cle’s long trav­els. Omega also sup­plied the So­lar Im­pulse team with a “test bench,” a sys­tem that en­abled them to sim­u­late the plane’s elec­tric sys­tem on the ground; and the Omega in­stru­ment, which was cre­ated to help in­di­cate the flight path and sound out alerts if the an­gles of the wings ex­ceeded a nor­mal limit. Omega also re­leased the Speed­mas­ter Sky­walker X-33 So­lar Im­pulse Limited Edi­tion in early March, just be­fore the So­lar Im­pulse em­barked on this world tour.

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