Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 169 of 320: welding continues with two crews working simultaneously. Whatever you do, do not watch that arc ⚡️

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 166 of 320: welding of the high strength steel begins! The frame rail (blue/silver with arc) is laid on top of the concrete base, but extends beyond it. Separate beams are visible beneath the frame rail, and now all must be welded together.

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 164 of 320: parking lot demolition began yesterday. This particular area of parking will be reserved for handicapped access, which means that it needs to made level… and it was far from level to begin with 🚧

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 162 of 320: we have passed the halfway mark! Halfway through the calendar, at least, not halfway through the construction and task list 😅

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 159 of 320: one week… that’s how long it took to inaugurate our new control room carpet by spilling food on it.

Making Our Fusion Reactor Better, day 158 of 320: welding the bottom level support beams. In the left of the image, these beams are attached to the concrete foundation. The tarps and screens block the welder arc lights from being seen by other people in the pit.

So much for reading the manual… after a few months with my new camera, I just realized that there is a dial setting for “Auto Settings, No Flash.”