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02 June 2014

Solar Impulse 2 makes inaugural flight

Solar Impulse 2, the ground-breaking solar-powered aircraft, made its inaugural flight in the early hours of 2 June 2014, in Switzerland. As an official engineering partner of the Solar Impulse project, Altran is delighted to have been part of this historic event.

The plane lifted off from Payerne airfield in Switzerland at just after 03:35 GMT, returning two hours later. Test pilot Markus Scherdel climbed to just under 1,800m, conducting manoeuvres to prove the handling of the aircraft. 

About Altran

Altran is a leading global provider of high-tech engineering services. For over 30 years, we have been defined by our passion for innovation.

As a trusted partner of organisations throughout the rail, automotive, aerospace, defence, energy and telecoms sectors, we enable our clients to work smarter in developing, deploying and maintaining leading-edge systems and products.

Altran is an Official Engineering Partner of the ground-breaking Solar Impulse project and a Technical Partner of Lotus F1 Team.

In the UK, we have offices in Bath, Bristol, Derby, London, Slough and Warwick. Additionally, a significant number of our engineering consultants and project teams are located at our clients' sites. Globally, Altran has more than 24,000 'Innovation Makers' in more than 20 countries, and 500 major clients.