Dr. Bertrand Piccard (2005)
Award Presented at the Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
Dr. Bertrand Piccard was recognized with the 2005 Lindbergh Award not only for his historic 'round-the-world flight in a hot-air balloon, and his spirit of adventure (which so closely mirrors that of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh), but for the new perspective on the environment that evolved from that experience. The Lindbergh Foundation was especially impressed by Piccard's Solar Impulse project, which is a beautiful expression of the Foundation's mission of balance. The Solar Impulse team plans to promote sustainable development through an entirely solar powered aircraft.
Dr. Bertrand Piccard is a Swiss scientist, adventurer, psychiatrist and aeronaut who has combined science and adventure to explore the human soul. He represents the third generation in a family of world-renowned explorers. Bertrand is best known for completing the first non-stop 'round-the-world balloon trip in March 1999 with English co-pilot Brian Jones aboard the Breitling Orbiter 3. This flight captured seven world records, including the longest flight in both duration and distance by any aircraft at 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes. His achievement is considered by many to have been the "last great aviation adventure of the 20th century."
Following this successful flight Piccard established the Winds of Hope Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting humanitarian organizations. Dr. Piccard's current project, entitled Solar Impulse, is aimed at demonstrating the role of high technology in sustainable development. "We envision that Solar Impulse will serve as a communication platform to promote sustainable development and demonstrate the fundamental role of high technology in the protection of the environment," said Piccard. The Solar Impulse team plans to re-enact the great aviation 'firsts' and record-breaking flights that highlighted 20th century aviation, using only renewable forms of energy and remain airborne without generating any polluting emissions. Dr. Piccard has published three books and received numerous awards following the successful Orbiter 3 flight, including: the Olympic Order, the gold medal of the French Ministry of Youth and Sport, among other awards presented by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the National Geographic Society, The Explorers Club, the American Academy of Achievement and other aeronautical, scientific and sporting associations in Europe and the U.S. He was also appointed the United Nations Population Fund's Goodwill Ambassador. He holds Honorary Doctorates in Science and Letters.
More information can be found at http://www.bertrandpiccard.com
7/8/10: Bertrand Piccard and his business partner Andre Borschberg, have made history with the first night flight ever by a solar plane. Congratulations, Bertrand! Read the article from AOPA here.
See a Video, here.
Check out the Solar Impulse web site.