Enjoy Alia’s report on the successful first test of the Aouchtam QEG:
Our “Baby” was “delivered” at 12:22 AM CET, Thursday, April 28th.
I MISSED THE BIRTH!!! Tomas and I were in bed asleep.
Our housemate, Blue Star returned home about 1:30 AM. The front door opening woke me up and then I heard all the excitement bubbling through the apartment building and I KNEW we had DONE IT!
Blue Star tried to appease my disappointment for not being there to see the light bulbs light up. She told me it happened so easily and quickly, it was just a “test drive” and they will do it again tomorrow. “Don’t worry,” she soothed, “you didn’t miss the REAL test, when they turn her up full power.”
Still, the little girl in me felt like she had missed Christmas.
There wasn’t much happening yesterday at the Sanctuary. It had been evident for a couple of days that Jamie, Val and Hope needed some time off. When I returned just before dinner, I peeked into the QEG workshop and found some new pieces of equipment surrounding the Queege.
Our Party Girl was all decked out with all kinds of fashion accessories. Intrigued, I asked Levong, our Russian scientist, to explain what I was seeing. Even though English is not his first language, he did an admirable job of describing the parts and pieces.
So the photos in this post are of an unconnected QEG — you’ll notice there aren’t many wires hooked up between parts yet. The connections happened after dinner, after Tomas and I left about 9 PM to walk home by the beach road and brave the goat path in the near dark.
Blue Star told us that it had taken Jamie and the Guys about three hours to do all the fine connections needed to flip the switch and start the motor. She reported that there was a huge cheer that went up even for turning on that switch. Enjoy this video. When I watched it, it was ALMOST as good as being there myself.
More to follow.