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Official engineering partner

Creating a plane that can fly day and night without any energy other than the sun: mission accomplished

Christian Le Liepvre, Head of the Solar Impulse Partnership at Altran
Christian Le Liepvre, Head of the Solar Impulse Partnership at Altran

"In 2003, joining the Solar Impulse project was more than just a challenge for Altran because it meant inventing a solar plane. The Group believed in the potential for innovation and creativity that would arise from the meeting of experts driven by the same ideal of excellence. The main challenge was to accompany the project to its conclusion: creating a plane that would fly day and night using only solar energy. Altran believed that the impossible could be achieved, and the project teams succeeded. Today, the mission and ambition of Altran remain the same: to contribute to taking up the new challenges facing the Solar Impulse plane and to go beyond the impossible in order to make the virtual world a reality and to open new horizons". 

A technological and human adventure

At the origin of the partnership between Altran and Solar Impulse was the meeting of a revolutionary concept and enthusiasts keen to be a part of it. The two parties decided to pool their expertise in order to demonstrate the huge potential of renewable energies. And so one of the most ambitious human and technological adventures of the 21st century was born.

Altran, the global leader in innovation and high‐tech engineering consulting, was a partner from the very outset, joining the Solar Impulse adventure as early as 2003. As an official partner alongside Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and their teams, it began the process of meeting the day-to-day objectives of Solar Impulse thanks to the work of the Altran experts.

The development of a specific automatic pilot for the second prototype HB-SIB is the last project undertaken by Altran in 2011.

The Solar Impulse Challenge

The main ambition of Solar Impulse is to demonstrate the possibility of developing new, clean technologies. The Solar Impulse project offers a real demonstration that it is possible to move with the times while respecting the environment, thanks to renewable energies. A whole new page in the history of technological research remains to be written; Solar Impulse, assisted by Altran, intends to lead the way towards these possibilities.

Solar Impulse also offers the chance to put dreams and emotions back at the heart of the scientific adventure and to stimulate renewed enthusiasm for amazing discoveries and innovation.

Altran's involvement

ALTRAN's INVOLVEMENT

The decisive milestones already reached

For more information on the missions already accomplished, follow this link Solar Impulse Missions.

The next major stages in the development of Solar Impulse are to cross the Atlantic then to fly around the world on-board a 2nd prototype, already under construction.

What the Altran experts have to say

To discover the portraits of the consultants who have put their competences to use on the Solar  Impulse project, follow this link What the experts say.

Altran official partner of Solar Impulse

Altran experts focus

Portrait

Christophe Béesau - Altran expert on Solar Impulse for Advanced Modelisation and Simulation
Christophe Béesau - Altran expert on Solar Impulse for Advanced Modelisation and Simulation

Altran experts focus

Portrait

Stéphane Yong - Altran expert on Solar Impulse for simulation
Stéphane Yong - Altran expert on Solar Impulse for simulation

The 2013 picture gallery

The 2012 picture gallery

The 2011 picture gallery

The 2010 picture gallery