Software company congratulates Solar Impulse on world first

Dassault's program allowed the Solar Impulse team to virtually experience the plane's operating environment.

Dassault Systèmes has congratulated the Solar Impulse team on the successful, historic completion of its round-the-world flight without fuel. The aircraft landed in Abu Dhabi earlier this week, after it began its journey in March last year.

“What an extraordinary experience to have witnessed the culmination of this 12-year design project and collaborative effort to build and fly an aircraft that many thought impossible,” said Bernard Charlès, the company’s Vice Chairman and CEO.

“Daring to dream, pushing the limits of aviation, echoing the imaginative spirit of past pioneers… Congratulations to pilots Andrè Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard and the entire Solar Impulse team for this milestone achievement – not just in aviation, but in demonstrating sustainable solutions for the future of our planet.”

The Solar Impulse team used “Engineered to Fly”, a solution based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, to create its solar-powered aircraft. Applications for 3D modelling of complex structures and composites, digital simulation and full data traceability enabled them to virtually experience the aircraft in its operating environment before it embarked on its record-setting voyage, according to the company.