Recently, we learned that a company had produced an extraordinary new engine for spacecraft.
I was very enthusiastic about it.
Now, I remain enthusiastic about amazing new developments in science, especially with regards to space travel, but in case some thought I had taken leave of my senses (and in case some people saw my enthusiasm as some sort of blue-eyed naive blessing) I just want to repeat the scientist’s mantra:
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
We’ve seen some interesting results with a different design than the resonant cavity engine, and some results that throw everything into question (namely that an engine thought not to produce thrust apparently did), so… We’ve still got a long way to go.
It could still be a pie in the sky free energy shyster that’s caught some media attention, or the Chinese may have hit on something, and the current poo-pooing could simply be a case of ‘not invented here’ mixed with healthy skepticism.
Time will tell…