BREAKING: Army scientists successfully 'teleport' Soldiers
By Bob Reinert, USAG Natick Public Affairs
April 1, 2016
Pvt. Kelley McCoy begins to dematerialize as he is successfully "teleported" from Natick to the Grafenwoehr Training Area. (Photo Credit: Army Materiel Command, Army Public Affairs)
NATICK, Mass. (April 1, 2016) -- Army scientists
have successfully "teleported" a fully equipped squad from a
Massachusetts research and development facility to a training area in
Germany, the Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) announced today.
The nine human research volunteers, fresh out of Advanced
Individual Training, were participating in experiments in the Doriot
Climatic Chambers at NSSC when they disappeared and moments later
materialized at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, completely unharmed. The
chambers are capable of replicating any climate or weather in the world
but have never before been used in this manner.
Teleportation, made famous in the "Star Trek" television series
and movies, had been -- until what the Army is calling the "Natick
incident" -- a hypothetical way of moving objects from place to place.
American writer Charles Fort is reported to have coined the word in
Officials at Natick were elated by the event, which promises to
one day revolutionize the way that American troops and equipment are
transported around the globe. It also could ultimately make overseas
bases obsolete as forces are instead moved from U.S. soil to remote
trouble spots in the blink of an eye.
"No one is more impressed by this than I am," said Benjamin
Storm, who manages the 61-year-old climatic chambers at Natick. "One
moment, I was chatting with the young Soldiers, and the next, they all
vanished into thin air."
The Soldiers were dressed in combat gear for the revolutionary
experiment and being monitored by Storm and his colleagues when they
were sent from one continent to the other. Still photographs of the
event were captured in the chambers and have been released by the Army.
After thorough medical examinations at an Army hospital, they were flown back to the U.S. and returned to duty at Natick.
"It's one thing to see Captain Kirk or Mr. Spock do it at the
movies, but it's another to have it happen to you in real life," said
Pvt. Kelley McCoy, one of the teleported Soldiers. "I felt a little
tingling and the next thing you know, I'm in Bavaria. I always wanted to
visit Europe, but I figured that I'd go by plane."
Storm and other Natick researchers are now poring over mountains
of data from the development in hopes of replicating it. Meanwhile, the
Army quickly established a Teleportation Study Task Force, which will
be based at Natick. Leading scientists from private industry and
academia worldwide are converging on the chambers to lend whatever
assistance they can.
According to Storm, a device not unlike the "flux capacitor"
seen in the "Back to the Future" movie series was employed during the
experiment. This led to immediate speculation that the Army was also
working on time travel, but time travel requirements of generating 1.21
gigawatts is no trivial feat.
"We're only concerned with place, not time," said Storm, a
twinkle in his eye. "This development could change the entire course of
The Task Force expects to report its initial findings by April Fools' Day, 2017.
SOURCE: USAG Natick Public Affairs