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I crossed the bridge. I am officially in America.
We want to demonstrate that clean technology and renewable energy can achieve the impossible.
On the other side, the window to reach Hawaii has closed, the weather window. So it's a delay of course that disappoints us, but in a moment where everybody is extremely happy with the behaviour of the plane.
If an aeroplane can fly with no fuel around the world, can you imagine how this technologies could be used everywhere? We have today solutions, technical solutions, to divide by two the energy consumption of the world, and simultaneously create jobs and make profit for the industry.
The only safe decision is to stop in Nagoya, wait a few days before carrying on.
Weather deteriorating over Pacific, decision taken for intermediate landing in Nagoya and wait for better conditions.
When we took off from China it was quite clear we could cross the front. It was almost easy I would say, the weatherman was very confident.
Now the window has closed. The front is too thick, too big. The plane would have to go through big layers of cloud.
I've been dreaming about it for 10 years. Because ten years ago I was in the US talking to Paul Macready, the pioneer of solar flying, and Fred Militky, a specialist, about fuel cells and solar energy, and trying to imagine how we could achieve an intercontinental flight using solar power – and here we are.
I think all the technology that is used in Solar Impulse could be very quickly adapted for use in cars and houses, for heating and lighting - if there is the political will to do that. It will take longer before such aircraft would be allowed to carry passengers.