Three EXCEPTIONAL AMBASSADORS...

achievers of remarkable feats will take on this enormous challenge. 

Our pilots will be surrounded by an experienced ground team in permanent communication.

our pilots

An extraordinary trio with a shared ambition: to provide future generations with a more sustainable future

Bertrand Piccard

PIONEER IN ITS GENES

Born into a legendary family of explorers and scientists who have conquered the stratosphere and the depths of the oceans, Bertrand Piccard is driven by the same passion.
He made history by achieving two great aeronautical “firsts”, his non-stop round-the-world balloon flight was the longest flight in the history of aviation, both in time and distance.
More recently, his circumnavigation of the globe aboard the Solar Impulse was the apotheosis of his pioneering vision.

Dorine Bourneton

ADVENTURER OF LIFE

The only survivor of a plane crash at the age of 16, Dorine found her freedom by flying.
Dorine represents this generation of women who brilliantly overcome the trials of life and come out of all challenges stronger. Her pioneering spirit, her passion for aviation, and her ability to take on any challenge will be assets for the SOLAR AIRSHIP ONE expedition.  
A surpassing of oneself in the accomplishment of great actions in the service of great causes.

Michel Tognini

ASTRONAUT COMMITTED

Former French astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA), who flew 2 space missions (Soyuz and Columbia), Michel Tognini is also Air force fighter pilot, brigadier General and test pilot.
During his space travels, he realized the collective importance of defending our environment.
He will contribute his knowledge of piloting, as well as his experience of life on board in restricted space.

OUR SUPPORT TEAM

The World Tour is an expedition that is built not only around technology but also around people.
The operational part of this World Tour will be ensured by an experienced team, which has already excelled with Bertrand Piccard’s Solar Impulse project. Our ground support team will also be composed of experts in meteorology, overflight authorization, flight simulation, medical assistance, medical tests, and communication to make this adventure live all over the world.

An unprecedented challenge

IN CHARGE OF OPERATIONS

An operations control room will be set up and will manage live the whole World Tour.
It will provide 24/7 support, tactical assistance, choice of the best trajectory, in-flight maintenance and repairs if necessary.  

EURO AIRSHIP
more than 10 years of r&d...

in engineering and architecture to develop SOLAR AIRSHIP ONE

OUR TEAM

After 10 years of self-financed research, major patented technical innovations and complementary engineering work carried out over the last 3 years by capgemini engineering, the euro airship team is ready to start its industrialization phase.

OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Co-founder and President

Knight in the National Order of Merit, Jean has particularly evolved in the field of finance, takeover and creation of companies and their development in France and internationally. Leverage effect. Introduction to the stock market. Particularly attracted to difficult challenges, he negotiated and built mixed companies for the construction of industrial complexes, at the opening of China (1981), in the middle of the collapse of the former USSR (1991), in a closed India (1995)

Co-founder of the company Aerospace Adour Technologie, owner of the technology, before co-creating SAS Euro Airship, Jean has created the enthusiasm and involvement of many engineers and partners who have contributed to create 100M€ of value.

Cofounder

Air architect and aeronautical engineer, former student of the Ville d’Avray aeronautical school, enlisted in the French Air Force, instructor at the Rochefort Air Force School, then founder and President of the FIRST Association, Marc is the designer of efficient technologies for the reconstruction of rigid airships that proved their worth during the 1920s and 1930s. 

A pragmatic architect, his designs use the latest technology available (avoiding the adventures of overly random designs and endless R&D), combined with the absolute necessity of their commercial effectiveness.  He is one of the two founders of the company Aerospace Adour Technologie which are at the origin of the Euro Airship technology.

Managing Director

Marie-Christine holds a Master’s degree in Economics and is a graduate of HEC. After starting her career in large IT groups, Marie-Christine moved to the world of industry at the international level before managing subsidiaries of large groups.

Since 2016, Marie-Christine is 100% involved in the development of Euro Airship and will take over the presidency of the future Management Board.

Didier worked at Airbus for 20 years, where he held senior management positions before transitioning to service engineering, establishing the British subsidiary of Aeroconseil. As a multicultural engineer passionate about aeronautics, his career took him to numerous countries, including many years in the United Kingdom. He joined Euro Airship in 2023 to take on the challenge of leading a program with a unique global objective.

OUR SPECIAL ADVISORS

 Position at EURO AIRSHIPExperience
J.-C. CHAUSSONNETExecutive Vice PresidentPresident, Airbus France
DANIEL BAUBILVice President ProgramsEVP Airbus SAS – Senior Advisor programmes Airbus SAS – EVP head programme A320 Airbus SAS
JEAN-CLAUDE THONIERHead of marketingPresident of communication agency, Consulting director at Publicis, Ogilvy
JÉRÔME MORASafran scientific advisorSafran
SERGE RAKOWICZHead of IndustrializationIndustrial Director, Safran helicopter
JEAN-LUC JARRIGEProject DirectorTechnical Director, Aerospace Sector AKKA Technologies
JACQUES TROYESHead of Engineering DivisionHead of Research and Development, Airbus Industries
ROGER PINNAHead of CAD DivisionSenior Professor of Mechanics
PIERRE JOUILLEFlight Test ManagerAircraft carrier and airship pilot, Captain
H. DILMAGHANIHead EngineerHead Engineer A320/A330/A340 programs
BRUNO THORAVALSystem ExpertSafran Aeroconsultant Engineer

JOIN OUR TEAM

Join an extraordinary expedition, turned towards the future, in immersion with the new generations. Come aboard SOLAR AIRSHIP ONE with our partners and sponsors already on board for this world tour.
PARTNERS
ADN ATELIER DESIGN • AIPCR • AIR PRODUCTS • AIRSHIP DO BRASIL • ASSOCIATION FIRST • STUDIO CHAMBERLIN • CETIM • CLIMATE SEED • GÉDÉON MEDIA GROUP • GOI (SINGAPOUR ET GUILIN) • IFP • IPLOCA • IUT DE TARBES • L’ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON • L’ECOLE POLITECHNIC DE TURIN • L’UNIVERSITÉ DE PAU ET DES PAYS DE L’ADOUR • MARCEL DÉLÈZE (CALCULATEUR DE L’ALTITUDE DE PLÉNITUDE) • MONSIEUR BON • MUKEÏ • NERVURES • PINIFARINA • PROJET SNOWLAND (CHICHENG / CHINE) • RENAULT GROUP • SAFRAN INNOVATION • STG (XI’AN) • TECHNOPOLE HÉLIOPARC • UE (PROGRAMME H4R) • UNISPHERE
Non-exhaustive list of thanks for studies, work carried out and support provided.

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