Field Tests Postponed After Safety Concerns

Temporal Engineer Rich DDT and Research Lead
Justyn Myers operate the Project Time Machine
temporal device during a field test.
PARADISE, CALIF. - CiDR engineers decided to indefinitely discontinue use of the WWII-era temporal device known as Project Time Machine. Researchers operating the device during a field test over the weekend were forced to engage emergency shut down procedures two times after faults in the cooling system and other vital systems occurred.

"We believe further use of this device poses serious danger to personnel and possibly space-time in general," Dr. Orland Maxwell, representative of the Temporal Radiation Safety Initiative said, "We can't risk using the device again until serious safety concerns are addressed, despite the fact that there is still valuable research to be done."

Engineers believe high atmospheric temperatures at the test site were to blame for the system faults, as the device has performed normally under cooler conditions in other recent tests. Although the device may perform normally again under different conditions, the risk of system failure is still too great.

"This machine is more than 40 years old and it's had a rough life," Temporal Engineer Rich DDT said, "It's a shame we have to stop using it for now, but understandable considering its condition."

This is the first time use of the device has been discontinued since it was originally mothballed by the US government in 1942. The device's main circuits were overloaded after an attempt to broadcast radio frequencies on a wide-spectrum intertemporal bandwidth. The damaged device was put in storage until 2008 when it was put up for auction as scrap material, and purchased by DDT.

"It was in terrible shape when I bought it," DDT said, "I was surprised I even got it working in the first place. It definitely needs a full retrofit."

The CiDR Engineering Core is currently discussing plans to retrofit or rebuild the device, as it is currently the only large scale temporal device of its kind, and considered to be a valuable research tool.