06th - 11th October 2016

Solar Impulse, Across America

Thursday 01st October 2015 from 09h45 to 11h15
Salle 3 / IPGP
Session for Middle School students

Directed by
Eric Beaufils
Written by
Eric Beaufils
Produced by
Gédéon Programmes - Solar Impulse - Science & vie TV / Diff : Science & Vie TV

Documentary, France, 2015, 52 min

Middle School Jury's PrizeWill be screened again : Saturday 10th October 2015 from 10h00 to 11h00

This documentary-film is the story of their incredible American epic.

In the footsteps of aviation pioneers like the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg underwent the coast-to-coast challenge, namely 5600 kms, to spread a message. By flying from San Francisco to New York powered solely by the sun, the two pilots could demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world.

Solar Impulse is the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel. After completing several missions in Europe and Morocco, and before its attempt of the First Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015, Solar Impulse has completed the historic crossing of the United States, west to east, over a 2-month period in the summer of 2013.


Debate with :

  • Éric Beaufils, Film director
  • Daniel Lincot, Director of research at CNRS, director of IRDEP (Institute for Research and Development of Photovoltaic Energy - UMR EFD, CNRS - Chimie ParisTech)