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Solar Impulse is seeking € 20 million to continue its world tour

SolarImpulse - Around The World patch.

July 28, 2015

The Solar Impulse saga has cost 150 million euros since 2003, says Bertrand Piccard. To leave Hawaii, where the aircraft is parked since early July, a further 20 million is needed.

Bertrand Piccard is back in Switzerland to raise funds, said Tuesday the Guardian. "I think the success of the first part of the project was such that it will not be difficult to find the money," notes Swiss pilot and founder.

Solar Impulse landed in Hawaii July 3, 2015

Solar Impulse is blocked in Hawaii because of "irreversible" damage due to overheating of the batteries in the record step between Nagoya and this American state. Around the world solar plane will not resume until spring 2016.

So far, the project funding - 150 million (CHF 160 million) since its launch in 2003 - was provided by companies, individuals, and by the Swiss government to the tune of 5 million euros.

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