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Bertrand is a psychiatrist and balloonist that completed the first ever non-stop balloon flight around the globe with his partner Brian Jones. His most famous endeavor is Solar Impulse, a project launched in 2003 in collaboration with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). The goal was to create a solar-powered, long-range aircraft, and in 2012, the aircraft operated by Piccard and Andre Borschberg made its first intercontinental flight from Morocco to Switzerland. Piccard is currently aiming to complete the first flight around the world on solar power alone, which commenced on March 9, 2015 and will span the course of five months.