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