Pipistrel around the world again - for science!

We are pleased to announce that 1. June 2012 marks the start of the project "WINGS FOR SCIENCE".

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Wings for Science is non-profit research group dedicated to science and education. Past research projects include aerial archaeology, solar weather probes, 3D modelling of the Stromboli, Vulcano, Yenkahe and Yasur volcanoes, and many more.
On the 1st of June, Wings for Science begins their world-tour in Luxembourg. On their way, they will perform many science project which are only possible to do with the help of an aircraft - aerial cartography and photography, aerial archeology, animals monitoring, Digital Elevation Model, atmospheric sounding and so on -

and all this they will do with the help of a Pipistrel Virus SW aircraft!

The trusted and tested Virus SW has already proven to be an excellent aircraft to fly around the world - and will now accomplish the same task again!

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Clémentine and Adrien in their new Pipistrel Virus SW.


THE PROJECT AND THE PROTAGONISTS

On June 1st 2012, a young crew will take off from Luxembourg airport to perform an around-the-world-tour on board of a micro-light airplane, in the service of
Science and Education.
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Clémentine is a lawyer and Adrien is an airline pilot. Both will quit their respective job for one year for an exceptional project, which took them five
years of preparation. A large Team of meteorologists, logisticians, teachers and student groups support them in their endeavor beyond deserts and oceans, with the
aim for a final landing in Paris Le Bourget on 17th June 2013 during the 2013 Paris Airshow.

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Wings for Science will set off on a trip around the planet, offering aerial support to
public research laboratories. In dedicated research areas the crew will implement
observation and modeling techniques that are key elements to advance research. This
ranges from observing the migration of whales to charting a lost city in the Peruvian
mountains and 3D modeling of a recently born volcanic island.

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The mission is carried out in partnership with the French and Luxembourgish Ministry
of Education, the Cité des Sciences in Paris, and Universities of France, of
Luxembourg and of California, and with many scientific organizations and many
schools (the Institute of Atmospheric Research, the Meteorological Laboratory, the
member Colleges and High Schools, and the French Institute of Education, etc.)

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More information about the project, schedule of the research topics, info about the aircraft and the two pilots etc., can be found on their official website:
http://wingsforscience.com/

To track the Wings for Science world-tour, or to check-out a flight simulator, interactive maps and videos, please visit: www.wingsforscience.com/ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wingsforscience.
There is even a flight simulator: you can check where Wings for Science is at the moment and then pilot the aircraft using your cursor keys.

https://sites.google.com/site/wingsforscience/multimedia/-flight-simulator . If you want to play around with the simulator, you need to have the Google Earth Plugin.

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