The DHARMA Initiative
At some point in the early 1970s, the DHARMA Initiative founded a tiny community on the Island. The Barracks became the center of operation for the DHARMA Initiative on the Island. Significant quantities of construction materials, electronic equipment and various vehicles and machinery were brought to the Island during the phase of settlement for the construction of the various DHARMA stations. Off the Island, the DHARMA Initiative’s activities were coordinated from Ann Arbor in Michigan. (“Some Like It Hoth”)
The Swan, more commonly known as The Hatch by the survivors of Flight 815, was an underground facility on the Island built by the DHARMA Initiative during the late 1970’s. It was located somewhere in the southwest region of the Island, about a mile inland from the survivors’ camp.
The station was originally designed to be a laboratory where DHARMA scientists would study and manipulate the “unique electromagnetic fluctuations emanating from this sector of the Island,” according to Dr. Pierre Chang (as Marvin Candle) in the Orientation film. However, after the “incident”, they enacted a special protocol to prevent a potential global catastrophe. (“Lost: The Answers”) Two individuals manning the station took shifts (entering numbers into a computer) every 108 minutes. These two operators lived and work at the station, continuing this task for shifts lasting 540 days.
On November 27, 2004, the Swan imploded on activation of the fail-safe by Desmond Hume. A large crater took its place. (“Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1”) (“Further Instructions”)