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You’ve probably heard about the Solar Impulse mission to fly a solar-powered aircraft around the world. But have you heard about it from the people involved in the project?

We’ve interviewed him previously , but he was on stage sharing some of his insight – Hasan Al Redaini, Mubadala’s Group Communications officer, was a Media Relations agent for the Solar Impulse’s journey, which started in Abu Dhabi in March, dealing directly with airport logistics and events management.

The Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft able to fly reliant solely on solar power. Its mission is to become the first fuel-free plane to circumnavigate the globe using only the sun’s energy for power, and to inspire diversity in the Abu Dhabi economy. The Solar Impulse team was hosted by Masdar and Abu Dhabi for testing, training, and community engagement ahead of its solar-powered flight around the world.

Being part of the journey himself, Hasan shared his experience at the campus he graduated from - Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi – to International Community School students.

In addition to his own experiences, Hasan discussed technical aspects of the aircraft and described the checkpoints during its journey, such as India, China, Hawaii and Japan.

"Being a part of the project was a completely new game for me,” he said. “Although in the Emirates we live in a multicultural country, it's different being in an environment where I had to adapt to European culture rather than them adapting to mine.
"I had a media relations role and when dealing with media and all the different countries, we had to take into account the cultural barriers, their work hours, and how to respect various nationalities.” 
In his address to the students, he said:

Hasan also had the opportunity to deliver the Solar Impulse message in front of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs during Innovation Week.

Watch Hasan’s message to students at Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi here.

To learn more about the Solar Impulse mission, visit: http://www.solarimpulse.com

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