Solar Impulse Pilot: ‘I Flew Over Plastic Waste As Big As a Continent’
“I flew over plastic waste as big as a continent,” Piccard wrote. “We must continue to support projects like @BoyanSlat Ocean Cleanup,” referring to Slat’s ambitious project of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic trash.
— Bertrand PICCARD (@bertrandpiccard) April 22, 2016
The Ocean Cleanup describes itself as the “world’s first feasible concept to clean the oceans of plastic” and has garnered widespread public admiration and support especially for Slat, a former aerospace engineering student who proposed the concept when he was only 17.
Piccard and Slat also spoke on Friday as the solar-powered plane made its risky journey.
— Boyan Slat (@BoyanSlat) April 22, 2016
It’s no surprise that the pilot and the young inventor linked up—both are using innovative technology to promote the greater good of the planet.
Piccard and the Solar Impulse team plan to fly around the world using only the power of the sun to promote clean transportation and other environmental causes.
“We have demonstrated it is feasible to fly many days, many nights, that the technology works,” fellow pilot Andre Borschberg told the Associated Press.
“I think innovation and pioneering must continue,” Piccard added. “It must continue for better quality of life, for clean technologies, for renewable energy. This is where the pioneers can really express themselves and be successful.”
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