Ultimately, they did manage to pull off a few successful tests of the Gerald R. Ford's new electromagnetic aircraft launch system, two hours after eighteen members of the media were escorted off the aircraft carrier, and driven off shipyard property.
During the time media were present, the plan was to launch a 15,000-pound sled 300-feet off the end of the Ford, into the James River, to replicate what it wold be like to launch an airplane. But it didn't happen. Leaders vowed they'd get to the bottom of the problem, described as an "electrical circuit system fault."
"We will at the end of the day deliver a product that is spec-compliant, that meets all the captain's demands and is reliable to be on the pointy end of the spear," said Matt Mulherin, President of Newport News shipbuilding.