Andrea Rossi continues to state that the launch of his 1 MW E-Cat plant is on track for the last week of October, and as that date approaches fast (next month), there seems to be a focus of attention on the E-Cat story. Just recently rumors have started swirling that NASA will be testing the E-Cat before the public launch, although no official source from either Rossi’s or NASA’s camps have publicly confirmed this.
The rumor seems to have been started by Roy Virgilio, a source close to Francesco Piantelli (another Nickel/Hydrogen cold fusion researcher) who stated on the Italian forum Energeticambiente,
“It seems that NASA gave an ultimatum to Rossi for the verification of his apparatus on September 22. Furthermore, several other bodies are starting to take more and more distance from this experiment. The bad thing is that important agreements with Piantelli come from these circles and there is a concrete risk that both [Rossi and Piantelli] will be put in the same basket and that the stillborn agreement that would help bringing fundamental results really quickly [to Piantelli] will be interrupted. In other words, this period is very delicate. Put your energies, in any possible way you can, into making sure this matter won’t stop [for trivial reasons]. Roy.” [Google translation from original Italian]
Rossi has confirmed in the past that he has met with officials from NASA, but has declined to provide any details about the nature of those discusssions. All he said about the matter was, “I met extremely high level scientists. I have been really surprised and honoured to discover that they have got indipendently throughly information about this technology. All I can say, so far, is that we will work together.” If this is the case it would not be surprising if NASA wanted to do testing on the E-Cat — but Rossi has not made any further statement on his site concerning the matter. For more discussion about these rumors you can follow threads at Vortex-l, or on Facebook.