Mobile Hangar Solar Impulse
FLY IN is an official SPECIALIZED PARTNER for the Solar Impulse project and created the mobile hangar used to protect the project’s ultralight aircraft.
In the field of inflatable structures there has probably never been anything quite like it before: building a mobile hangar for Solar Impulse, the Swiss solar-powered ultralight aircraft that travelled around the world. An amazing adventure close to the boundaries of the impossible, a test to the limits of technology and human courage …
““The idea was to flip the concept: don’t bring this long-winged plane inside the hangar; create a hangar that can grow around the plane.””
The main requirements of the challenge were both precise and demanding in their absolute simplicity: design and build a completely waterproof cover that let through the sunlight necessary to charge the plane’s batteries.
Of course the hangar also had to be very light so that it could be assembled and disassembled by hand and by only a few people. It also had to be small enough so that it could be packed and transported by air in a very short time.