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    Hannes Ross Awarded 2017 AIAA Wright Brothers Lecture in Aeronautics Award

    Will Give An Overview of the Solar Impulse 2 Program

    May 23, 2017 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has awarded Hannes Ross, consultant, Solar Impulse 2, Lausanne, Switzerland, its 2017 AIAA Wright Brothers Lecture in Aeronautics Award. Ross will present his lecture on June 5 at 6:30 p.m. (MDT) as part of the 2017 AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION Forum), June 5–9, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver.

    Ross’ lecture is entitled: “Around the World with Solar Power: An Overview about the Solar Impulse 2 Program.”

    The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft became the first to complete an around-the-world flight powered purely by solar energy. Solar Impulse 2’s record-setting circumnavigation of the world began on March 9, 2015, departing Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and making stops in 16 cities in eight nations, before returning to Abu Dhabi, UAE, on July 26, 2016. During the flight, Solar Impulse 2 flew across the Pacific Ocean for five days and five nights, from Nagoya, Japan, to Kalaeloa, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. That leg of the flight made Solar Impulse 2 the first plane to fly across an ocean, during day and night conditions, using solar energy as its only propulsion system. The plane later flew across the Atlantic Ocean en route from New York City to Seville, Spain. In all, Solar Impulse 2 flew 22,915 nautical miles (26,352 statute miles) during its 16-month-long flight, and established world records for the longest solar-powered flight by both time and distance.

    The Wright Brothers Lecture commemorates the first powered flights made by Orville and Wilbur Wright at Kitty Hawk in 1903, and emphasizes significant advances in aeronautics by recognizing major leaders and contributions thereto. Presented since 1937, the lecture has spotlighted many distinguished leaders of the aerospace community, including Hugh L. Dryden, Edmund T. Allen, Theodore von Kármán, Glenn L. Martin, and C. Stark Draper.

    For more information about the AIAA Honors and Awards program, please contact Patricia Carr at or 703.264.7523.


    About AIAA  

    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is nearly 30,000 engineers and scientists, and 95 corporate members, from 85 countries who are dedicated to advancing the global aerospace profession. The world’s largest aerospace technical society, the Institute convenes five yearly forums; publishes books, technical journals, and Aerospace America; hosts a collection of 160,000 technical papers; develops and maintains standards; honors and celebrates achievement; and advocates on policy issues. AIAA serves aerospace professionals around the world—who are shaping the future of aerospace—by providing the tools, insights, and collaborative exchanges to advance the state of the art in engineering and science for aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.




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