Been pretty busy the last few days getting ready for tonight's final testing of the "Integrated Launch Vehicle".
I'll be going in about 1600 to finish training the guy who's going in my place, and supervise him during the test.
The RF portion of the test will start about 2200, although the customer has told us they *might* be ready to go as early as 2000.
If all goes well, I should be able to get out of there at midnight, otherwise it could be a looooong night!
The last time this particular customer was there, they dragged things out, left for dinner without telling anybody, didn't follow the printed schedule we gave them, and in general caused the whole operation to be in Charlie Foxtrot territory all night.
I wound up being there almost 16 hours!
This morning I'm going to go by the Social Security office to ask a few questions about my upcoming retirement, and then I'm going to a farewell lunch for another person who's leaving the company. She's one of the "Export" people who handles a lot of the paperwork, and she'll really be missed.
After this launch, we have NO idea what's going to happen. The launch for fourth quarter of this year isn't going to happen, and the customer the management was in talks with for next year has yet to commit. Considering it takes anywhere from 6 to 12 months to get some of the specialized hardware built, if they don't commit pretty soon, that launch just aint gonna happen.
Several people have told me in private they're going to bail after this launch, which will really out the company in a bad position.
As for me, I'm out of there in August!