I have just returned from the National Space Society and Space Frontier Society’s’ outdoor disco’s. They have a light show projected on a hanger wall and a corral of RV’s enclosing and sort of protecting the party area from the wind-blown sand. There is a thumping beat of good loud 21st Century music, food, talk and dancing. I’ll supply photos when I get them developed… assuming my camera managed to take something from which image enhancement can recover something useful.
The party looks like it will go on most of the night, but I am sleeping in the XCOR office, so I thought it best to get back here and get a couple hours of sleep. The wakeup call to travel to the viewing area will come all too soon.
Aleta Jackson is one of the people organizing ‘the show’ and deserves kudos for her awesome job on short notice… although I expect sleep would be more appreciated. It does not look like she will be getting any tonight. She is out in the hanger taking care of people as they wander in from the NSS party or wherever, and has to have breakfast organized for the XCOR guest locusts after the flight.
Earlier there was a barbecue outside the XCOR hanger. It was like a high school reunion party; I saw people I had not seen in years. I also met a few people I have known for years over the internet but never met face to face. I also got to watch and be deafened by the XCOR teacart engine. They ran several shows just outside the hanger door.
Everyone who counts in private space is here or else will be in tomorror… er I mean later this morning. Takeoff if 06:30 PST if the bleeding wind drops off. The current conditions are not what I would call conducive to safe landings in a glider. There are hours to go though, and dawn is usually a period of calm so I am hoping for the best. If worst comes to worst, I have planned my return flights with several day’s of leeway. I have been around the rocket scene for far too long to have done otherwise.
I will post again in the morning, probably after the flight.