At this point, lots of layman-reading-time, physicist thinking time and engineering effort was wasted over TWO DECADES to prove this technology is not working.
You can see it as "science working as intended" but also as "embarrassing waste of effort".
- You have to kick the tyres now and again. Sparingly perhaps, but you have to do it.
- A lot of what people learn is NOT whether this is a new form of propulsion. It's things like "how do we make a really really sensitive propulsion measurement system?" along with with come more mundane things like teaching the grad students how to code.
If we only exercise when we're sure something exciting will happen, we won't exercise.