Tag Archives: Switzerland

Fastest espresso machine

The fastest espresso machine is the ‘Swiss Espresso Extractor’, designed and built by A. Schurr, J. Lüönd, A. Lütold (all Switzerland) and SK tec SA. It produced 11.5 litres (3 US gal) of espresso coffee in one minute on 26 September 2008.

Fastest win of the Tour du Lac Leman

The fastest time to complete the Tour du Léman race is 11 hr 55 min 19 sec, achieved by Matthias Auer, Olaf Behrend, Jochen Domscheit, Christian Klandt and Markus Neuman (all Germany), who won the men’s coxed fours category in the 2007 race. The annual Tour du Léman à l’Aviron is the longest rowing race in the world, covering 160 km (99 mi) around the circumference of Lake Léman in Switzerland – equivalent to crossing the sea between England and France five times without a Continue reading →

First aerial loop with a jet-propelled wing

On 5 November 2010, Yves Rossy (Switzerland) completed the first aerial loop of a hot-air balloon using a jet-propelled wing strapped to his back. The Swiss Yves Rossy took off from Bercher at 9:45 am (Swiss time) on board of the hot-air balloon “Esprit Breitling Orbiter” , piloted by Brian Jones, to reach an altitude of 2.400 meters in 18 minutes. His wing on his back, the 4 jet-engines turned on, he jumped out of the balloon’s basket. He flew a few minutes to stabilize Continue reading →

First cirumnavigation of the world by balloon

Bertrand Piccard (Switzerland) and Brian Jones (UK) completed the first ever non-stop around-the-world flight in a balloon on 20 March 1999, after piloting Breitling Orbiter 3 from Chateau d’Oex, Switzerland, to the ‘finishing line’ of 9.27ºW over Mauritania, North Africa. Regarded as one of the last great challenges in aviation, their circumnavigation was also the longest ever flight in a balloon, in terms of both duration (477 hr 47 min) and distance (40,814 km or 25,360 miles).

First flight of manned solar powered aircraft

On 7 April 2010, Marcus Scherdel flew the Solar Impulse – the world’s first, manned solar-powered aircraft – for a one and a half hour test flight at Payerne in Switzerland. The aircraft is powered by 12,000 solar cells driving four electric motors. The aim is to construct a version that will enable a flight to be undertaken around the world by solar power. Later in 2010, on 7 July, piloted by André Borschberg, it achieved its first 24-hour flight. The Solar Impulse project is Continue reading →

First mobile phone with a self-winding rotor mechanism

The Ulysse Nardin Chairman is the first mobile phone to contain a self-winding rotor mechanism, like an automatic watch, that supplies backup kinetic energy to help keep the battery charged. Running Google’s Android operating system, models range from $13,000 to $50,000 (?8,600 to ?33,000) for precious metal versions. The phone includes a lacquered wooden docking station with built-in speakers. It has a 3.2-inch touchscreen (81 mm), offers high-definition video playback, has 32 gigabytes of memory and an 8-megapixel camera.