Solar Impulse is now over the Atlantic, having departed JFK this morning, destined for Seville.

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I had the privilege last week to visit the Mission Control Centre in Monaco and learned how SITAONAIR technology is used to monitor every element of the flight, from flight path, to pilot health, weather monitoring, communications, aircraft name it.

Solar Impulse not only tries the limits of aeronautics and human will, it is also a flying laboratory for the full capabilities of connected aircraft.

There’s an expert at Mission Control whose job is to listen to Captain Bertrand Piccard breathe–monitoring for signs of stress–which gives you an idea of how critical timely communications systems are.

There is no room to skip a breath.Even a momentary delay can have life-threatening repercussions. SITAONAIR makes this constant monitoring possible.

Michael Anger, Solar Impulse Mission Engineer and Flight Director shares why communications are so critical to the team as they track Piccard’s progress on his historic journey.

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Marisa Garcia

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