Solar Impulse



Solar Impulse is the ambitious project of the Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard. He plans to fly around the world in a solar powered airplane. The plane is a masterpiece of engineering and has impressive technical data: 61m wingspan, 1.5 tons, 25 knots cruising speed, zero emission. I had the opportunity to contribute to this challenging project since the very beginnings (2004). First within a student project, then part of my PhD research activities. I designed different elements for the monitoring of the pilots health such as a oxygen surveillance system or an adaptive sleep / wake classification device that is part of a symbodic system for the monitoring of the pilot's fatigue.

You can contribute to the Solar Impulse project as well and become a supporter.


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© Walter Karlen, 2008-2012
last update:25.10.2009