Original WB-8.1 option was 6 months to build and 1 year to test, or 18 months total for the 8.1 option. This fits with the spread sheet report of 9/30/2012 completion, and 3/31/2014 completion with options. So, it could mean that the options have been given the go ahead?
This is what I am pondering on. I am not sure.
Consider they have had the 8 machine up and running for a while, albiet playing with E-guns. The paper is slower than the physical actions of the team. So it would seem that they have had some time already to work on the E-guns. It could be entirely feasible that they anticipate working it out by the end of the summer, and then pressing on.
What is not clear seems to be the meaning in the difference between "completion date" and "ultimate completion date" and how those relate (if at all) to the WB8 project and WB8.1 option.
But, also at this point, we do not see how much they have been paid and whether it has been applied to base contract (WB8) or option (WB8.1). That, I think, will be the big public tell regarding WB8 results. WB8.1 is only exercised if WB8 showed enough scaling to support a crack at PB&J. That would mean that DD and other lower energy events are viable.
The development of atomic power, though it could confer unimaginable blessings on mankind, is something that is dreaded by the owners of coal mines and oil wells. (Hazlitt)
What I want to do is to look up C. . . . I call him the Forgotten Man. (Sumner)