With thanks to Ransompw in the comments section, we learn of a rumour about NASA testing Rossi’s eCat starting tomorrow. As with all rumours, we have to be careful. It could be completely untrue. That said, the sources have given good information in the past (Roy Virgilio, an associate of Piantelli and Daniele Passerini from the 22passi blog, a friend of Professor Levi).
File the following under wild speculation:
Since Rossi recently offered us (rather out of the blue) the information that tests would last 2 months, I wonder if this fits with what we think we know so far. Testing September/October. Customer delivery (now fully ratified) end of October.
Rossi and Ampenergo officers held a meeting with NASA scientists where they were surprised by the level of information the organisation had on what they were doing. We also know that Dennis Bushnell from Langley announced that he thought LENR (with specific reference to Rossi) may prove to be the answer to many of our energy and climate problems – and fast. Further, he said that they thought they knew how Rossi’s process might work (Widom Larsen Theory). Almost in the same breath, he announced that they (NASA Langley) were set to conduct experiments to test that theory.
Indeed, NASA has shown a renewed interest in the ‘cold fusion’ arena for a number of years. While Mr Bushnell qualified his statement, we have to remember that he leads the science team at Langley and therefore, even a qualified endorsement of LENR would be subject to real politik. It is likely that his words revealed the mere glimpse of an ankle.
Is this the mysterious entity, Rossi talked of? I was puzzled when he said that he was meeting with Ampenergo officers to talk about the strategic rollout of eCat and then in the same blink that they would then meet with NASA. It was as though he was saying that NASA was involved in the business discussion. I assumed at the time that this was merely a false leap (on my part) derived from a poorly-framed Rossi-ism. He talks of top-scientists, an organisation with cultural roots that lends itself to the public good – one capable of ordering 1,000 plants quickly. My guess would be ‘no’ – not directly. There is no doubt that the organisation is capable of all of the above but I doubt they would play the lead role in a pure business play.
It would absolutely be in their interest to kick-start the effort after proving it to themselves – and they have powerful links with businesses that would readily run with it, if true. The implications of a successful LENR process for the space business are (excuse me) astronomical.
It is such a small rumour and piling so many ‘what ifs’ on top of the uncertainty is dangerous. That said, I do wonder if any potential link with NASA could be more important than we first guessed.
Rossi Flirts With NASA (blog confirmation that he went)
14th July 2011, Defkalion and Ampenergo management to meet with NASA to discuss research and business development around the eCat. Subsequently DGT and Ampenergo will collaborate on programme for introducing the eCat as a main energy source to the world
Let’s remind ourselves what Dennis Bushnell said…
….Then, as you mentioned, in January of this year Rossi, backed by Focardi, who had been working on this for many years, and in fact doing some of the best work worldwide, came out and did a demonstration first in January, they re-did it in February, re-did it in March, where for days they had one of these cells, a small cell, producing in the 10 to 15 kW range which is far more than enough to boil water for tea. And they say this is weak interaction, it’s not fusion…
…So I think we’re almost over the “We don’t understanding it” problem. I think we’re almost over the “This doesn’t produce anything useful” problem. And so I think this will go forward fairly rapidly now. And if it does, this is capable of, by itself, completely changing geo-economics, geopolitics of solving quite a bit of [the] energy [problem.]
Andrea Rossi has answered a cheeky wee question regarding this rumour on his blog.
September 2nd, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Dear Dr. Rossi,
good luck for tomorrow
September 2nd, 2011 at 3:10 AM
I always am delighted of good luck wishes, but…what happens tomorrow of special?
Not a good sign but as reliable to conclude anything from that as the rumour in the first place. We can still dream.<< Previous Post -- -- Next post >>