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Published on Jun 4, 2012
Dr. Bertrand Piccard (Switzerland) is awarded for raising global awareness of the possibilities of renewable energy-driven transport.
Passionate about all forms of flying since his childhood, he was one of the pioneers of hang gliding and microlight aviation in the 1970s. He then initiated the "Breitling Orbiter" project, which in 1999 achieved the first non-stop balloon flight around the globe, capturing the records for the longest flight in the history of aviation in terms of duration and distance.
"Exploration in the 21st century is no longer about conquering new territories, but about developing clean technologies in order to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels." says Dr. Piccard.