"Talking to China." Somehow, that sounds vaguely familiar. But don't forget - the Chinese operate on a different time schedule, and Chinese New Year is just around the corner so, perhaps, early spring.
Huh. Thinking about it, "spring" also sounds vaguely familiar. Perhaps the untethered demo flight can take place this spring, "weather permitting."
"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" is how the French might say it.
A vulgar American might say "same s_ _t, different year."