SolarStratos is Raphaël’s new endeavour, bringing together an international team. Their aim? To reach the edge of space on a solar-powered plane. They hope to demonstrate that using the power of the sun alone, it is possible to travel higher than a plane fuelled by conventional energy sources. The flight will be highly dangerous. Kitted out in a space suit, Raphaël will push technical and human limits to achieve such a flight. Once up there, in the stratosphere, Raphaël will be able to see the curvature of the earth and the celestial sphere in daylight!

After completion of this inaugural flight, Raphaël and his team plan to organise commercial flights for passengers into the stratosphere.

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Some pictures of the first flight of the HB-SXA plane

Few pictures of HB-SXA in 3D

Check out the “StratosTime” video from December 2018

The partners of SolarStratos!