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Bertrand Piccard
The adventurer and balloonist talks about some of his attention-grabbing exploits.
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2008 11:35 GMT

Adventurer and balloonist Bertrand Piccard talks to
Riz Khan [Copyright Bertrand Piccard & Brian Jones]
Riz's guest this week is the adventurer and balloonist Bertrand Piccard, whose aeronautical exploits have captured the attention of the world.

He was destined to be an adventurer - born into a family of inventors and explorers – both his  grandfather and father used balloons and submarines to explore their world.

He was a pioneer of hang-gliding before turning his attention to a series of record-breaking feats involving hot air balloons – famously circumnavigating the world  in 1999.

He used his fame to help others, both as a UN Goodwill Ambassador and with his own charity, Winds of Hope, with co-pilot Jones.

He is a qualified psychiatrist and in-demand motivational speaker yet still finds time to pursue his latest project 'Solar Impulse' which aims to develop a solar-powered plane capable of flying around the world without damaging the environment.

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This episode of One on One aired from Saturday, January 05, 2008


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