Washington DC / Albuquerquay NM, August 2002

Washington DC and Albuquerquay NM

I was in Washington DC for a data table update to SMEI, the satellite programme I was working on. I got to drive around in a fairly nice car - a metallic blue Mitsubishi Eclipse.

After Washington's successful onboard software update, my boss and I flew out to Albuquerquay on Friday. Mission control is based out of Kirtland, and we were scheduled to give a presentation about SMEI that Monday.

Chris and I headed our separate ways, and I visited Karen, Alex, Jess, and some of their friends out in Los Alamos / White Rock. It was a great way to spend a weekend - relaxing in a hot spring, in the warm sunshine.

After that, Chris and I met up again in Santa Fe, and gave our presentation, before running 'risk reduction' rehersal exercises at RSC on Tuesday. It all went well, and the trip was a successful pair of days at Kirtland. Meeting the people who will be running the satellite when it is on-orbit, and touring the facility provided me with a great sense of 'immediacy' and a 'this is really going to happen' buzz. I'm looking forward to the next trip out there for further rehersals.

I only took a few pictures as I was mostly working on this trip, and cameras and military bases do not mix very well. Just be careful who you patronise when you are in Santa Fe!!

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