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Solar Impulse

Collection Issue Date: 14th October 2016

A stunning tribute to the 1st around the world flight powered solely by the Sun.

Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to present a spectacular miniature sheet celebrating the endeavours of the Solar Impulse team, who created a world first for renewable energy and clean technology by flying around the globe using only solar power.

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Isle of Man Post Office was proud to be part of a ground-breaking mission to test to the limit clean technologies and the power of renewable energy, and now celebrates those endeavours with a stunning miniature sheet.

On 9th March 2015, after a dozen years of intense research and development, an aircraft took to the skies to begin an almost impossible challenge; Solar Impulse 2 departed from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of its challenge to fly around the world powered only by the Sun. Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg set out on the incredible journey with the aim of showing that clean technologies can achieve impossible goals. They wanted to prove that the zero-emissions technology could reduce energy consumption and save natural resources, while demonstrating the potential of renewable energy.

More than a year after first taking off, Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Abu Dhabi on 26th July 2016, marking the completion of a world first. Over 17 legs and more than 500 hours in the air, 40,000kms had been travelled without fuel and the globe had been circumnavigated by an aircraft using only solar power for the first time. It had flown at day and night, with Bertrand and André taking turns at the control, stopping off at airports across Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia during the amazing journey.

The regular stops were dictated by the endurance of the pilots as Solar Impulse 2 could, theoretically, fly forever with its energy supplies being constantly replenished through 17,000 photovoltaic cells.

With the Isle of Man's recognised commitment to protecting the environment and supporting the development of zero emissions technology, as shown by its UNESCO Biosphere status, it was with great pride that the Isle of Man Post Office sponsored Solar Impulse 2's cells 4883, 4909 and 4935, ensuring the Island was a part of this incredible achievement.

The endeavours of the Solar Impulse team and its supporters are now celebrated on this collectable miniature sheet, featuring a £3 stamp, which is available in mint condition or Cancelled to Order, as well as on a First Day Cover and as part of a Presentation Pack.

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Solar Impulse Miniature Sheet
Solar Impulse Miniature Sheet

Product Code: UO75
Product Issue Date: 14th October 2016

The incredible achievement of Solar Impulse 2, the first plane to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the Sun, is celebrated on this eye-catching and highly collectable miniature sheet from Isle of Man Post Office. It includes a £3 stamp showing the aircraft and the mission statement ‘Future is Clean’, which appeared as the hashtag #futureisclean throughout the flight. There are also more photos from the journey, and the logo of the Royal Aeronautical Society, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016. The RAeS promotes innovation in aerospace, which was clearly demonstrated by the Solar Impulse mission.

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Solar Impulse Presentation Pack
Solar Impulse Presentation Pack

Product Code: UO42
Product Issue Date: 14th October 2016

This highly collectable four-page mini brochure tells the incredible story of Solar Impulse 2, the first aircraft to fly around the world using only solar power. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg set out on a mission to prove clean technology could change the world, and at the end of a journey lasting more than a year they had shown #futureisclean. The presentation pack details the expedition, explains the staggering feat of Solar Impulse 2 and includes stunning pictures taken during the mission. It also bears the logo and Innovation in Aerospace message of the Royal Aeronautical Society, which marked 150 years in 2016, and contains a mint condition miniature sheet featuring more photos and a unique £3 stamp.

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Solar Impulse First Day Cover
Solar Impulse First Day Cover

Product Code: UO92
Product Issue Date: 14th October 2016

This essential Isle of Man Post Office First Day Cover features the Solar Impulse miniature sheet, bearing a £3 stamp, as well as a unique cancellation for the first day of issue. It reflects the purpose behind the solar Impulse 2 flight around the world power only by the Sun with the mission statements Exploration to Change the World and #futureisclean, as well as the logo of the Royal Aeronautical Society, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016. There is also an information card telling the story of this amazing journey and how Isle of Man Post Office was involved in a world-first for clean technologies and renewable energy.

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