Thomas Mahood, who was advised by Dr. Woodward in his graduate studies chronicles his experience at CSUF as well as his research into exotic propulsion:http://www.otherhand.org/home-page/phys ... fullerton/
Tom seems to think there are possibly 2 explanations for the effect: dean drive-type effect or a real effect that nature is trying hard to suppress. If it's the latter, then it may just be a matter of resources, "just so" conditions and engineering to get large effects for commercial use.
Dr. Woodward recently eliminated the dean drive effect as a plausible explanation for what he's seen. He'll be presenting a paper at the AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference this July that will include a host of tests he's done to check for spurious effects.
I read his take on it as though he felt that its either a dean-drive effect, a real effect, or some form of mistaken reading. He mentioned that the measurement has actually shrunk over more indepth experimentation.
Link for that analysis?
My analysis is based on the following quotes from the link, but specifically this part of that article:
But Tom, is this stuff ……real?
I….don’t…. know. And I say that after being involved in chasing it down for 10+ years. At this point, I see arguements on both sides.
As time progressed and the experimental apparatus more refined, the “effect” seemed to get smaller, and that’s a REAL bad sign. It was already well below what the theory predicted. That sets off alarm bells. After all this time, if something isn’t in hand to float around a table top, its should still at least be producing unequivocal results.
I am aware of only one positive replication attempt, and even that experimenter (Paul March) had concerns over its validity. All other replication attempts have either been negative or ambiguous. My own experiments were ambiguous.
It seems to make the effect happen, a lot of parameters for the test devices, some not clearly understood, need to be “just so”. The question remains, are the devices being dialed in to create a real effect, or do things need to be just so to cause merely a false positive?
Despite any doubts I might have about the effect being real or not, I thoroughly enjoyed my work at CSUF.
I read that as he has some very real doubts yet and that the effect seemed to become smaller as the experiments became more robust.