The arrival on site of the first element of the "most powerful magnet in the world" drew considerable media attention: newspapers, magazines, TV networks, and documentary producers covered the component's journey along the ITER Itinerary and its subsequent move into storage.
A small ceremony was organized on site at ITER with senior management and the magnet team, and in the virtual presence of representatives from US ITER, General Atomics, the US Department of Energy and other Domestic Agencies.
From half a world away, in California, the Director of Engineering and Projects for General Atomics, John Smith, stressed that the manufacturing of the central solenoid "ranks among the largest, most complex and demanding magnet programs ever undertaken. I speak for the entire team when I say this is the most important and significant project of our careers. We have all felt the responsibility of working on a job that has the potential to change the world."
On 10 August, before the magnet shipped, General Atomics had marked the successful completion of the component with a celebration at the firm's Magnet Technologies Center in Poway, California (see links at the end of the article). ''Pulsed superconducting magnets of this power and scale have never been made before,'' said John Smith, Director of Engineering and Projects and manager for the central solenoid project at General Atomics. ''Successfully designing, fabricating, testing, and shipping the first module, with six more in various stages of production, is truly a testament to the skill and dedication of the team here at General Atomics.''