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This other form of time machine begun as a series of Special Action Projects (SAPs) carried out at the United States Air Force's high security research and test base Area 51 in the Nevada desert. Funded by the Department of Defense, Central Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, and National Security Agency, it was able to create an artificial wormhole — a passageway through space-time. Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking had worked on the problem in the past, but it appeared to need too much energy to be possible. By most calculations the wattage required to create an infinitesimally tiny wormhole would take almost all the energy ever produced in the universe since the moment of the Big Bang. However, an Oxford graduate student developed a mathematical model, melding Einstein’s relativity with Heisenberg's quantum mechanics, creating a 10-Dimensional wormhole at the superstring level. It would produce a passageway that would automatically expand exponentially like a virus gone wild. But only so long as power was applied to what was thought of as an artificial singularity.
In the mid 1990s, under the guise of launchings of dozens of military and NSA technical means satellites, a solar sail made of extremely thin Mylar, 200 km each side, was positioned in an extremely rare geosynchronous orbit that kept it stationary over the North Pole. The sail focused sunlight, beaming it to the reception antenna and singularity equipment at the Cyber Research Systems facility on the desert east of Los Angeles. Capable of transporting several hundred terawatts of energy over time periods of less than one nanosecond, a wormhole could be opened.
The Continuum Transporter equipment is very different from the Time Displacement Equipment. Whereas the TDE is huge, the CT is relatively small. The subject enters a holding chamber, which, when activated, moves to line up with a spherical transmission chamber. The subject then moves into the transmission chamber and places one bare knee and two hands on the pad. The transmission chamber clear bubble door is then closed. By un-caging the firing switch and flipping the toggle to the transmit position outside, the chamber takes on an eerie blue cast, and the subject is transported back through time.
The Continuum Transporter bubble witnessed by one or two Resistance members differs in many ways from the original opaque blue time bubble surrounded by blue lightning. Still surrounded by blue lightning, the CT bubble is clear, with a highly reflective mirrored surface. This outer structure covers a 3-m diameter layer which appears to be constructed from some form of metal alloy wire mesh. This mesh glows red hot and vaporizes upon chronoportation, leaving just the person or battle unit that has been sent through time.
- The origin of the Time Displacement Equipment is addressed albeit it is so counter to the previously established canon of the series that its significance is questionable.