The Wardenclyffe Tower
The Wardenclyffe Tower in Shoreham Long Island was meant to be the "World Wireless" Broadcasting system
Left: In 1905, a team of construction workers in the small village of Shoreham, New York labored to erect a truly extraordinary structure. Over a period of several years the men had managed to assemble the framework and wiring for the 187-foot-tall Wardenclyffe Tower. The project was overseen by its designer, Nikola Tesla. Atop his tower was perched a fifty-five ton dome of conductive metals, and beneath it stretched an iron root system that penetrated more than 300 feet into the Earth's crust. "In this system that I have invented, it is necessary for the machine to get a grip of the earth," he explained, "otherwise it cannot shake the earth. It has to have a grip… so that the whole of this globe can quiver."
Tesla based the Wardenclyffe towers design on his discoveries at his makeshift laboratory at Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs. He rigged his equipment with the intent to produce the first lightning-scale electrical discharges ever accomplished by mankind, a feat which would allow him to test many of his theories about the conductivity of the Earth and the sky. For this purpose he erected a 142-foot mast on his laboratory roof, with a copper sphere on the tip. The tower's wiring was then routed through an exceptionally large high-voltage Tesla coil in the laboratory below. On the night of his experiment, following a one-second test charge which momentarily set the night alight with an eerie blue hum, Tesla ordered his assistant to fully electrify the tower.
Colossal bolts of electricity arced hundreds of feet from the tower's top to lick the landscape. A curious blue corona soon enveloped the crackling equipment. Millions of volts charged the atmosphere for several moments, but the awesome display ended abruptly when the power suddenly failed. All of the windows throughout Colorado Springs went dark as the local power station's industrial-sized generator collapsed under the strain. But amidst such dramatic discharges, Tesla confirmed that the Earth itself could be used as an electrical conductor, and verified some of his suspicions regarding the conductivity of the ionosphere. In later tests, he recorded success in an attempt to illuminate light bulbs from afar, though the exact conditions of these experiments have been lost to obscurity. In any case, Tesla became convinced that his dream of world-wide wireless electricity was feasible.
Tesla's Idea about electrical control of rain falls.
Tesla's idea how to light up the ocean with high frequency electricity being transmitted thought the Ionosphere.
The Wardenclyffe Tower, was erected to be the first broadcasting system in the world, and transmitting electrical energy without wires to the globe using the Ionosphere (the electrified upper part of the atmosphere of the earth important for transmitting radio waves around the globe). Under the solar radiation, molecules of the upper atmosphere are being constantly transmitted into ions.
"As soon as completed, it will be possible for a business man in New York to dictate instructions, and have them instantly appear in type at his office in London or elsewhere. He will be able to call up, from his desk, and talk to any telephone subscriber on the globe, without any change whatever in the existing equipment. An inexpensive instrument, not bigger than a watch, will enable its bearer to hear anywhere, on sea or land, music or song, the speech of a political leader, the address of an eminent man of science, or the sermon of an eloquent clergyman, delivered in some other place, however distant. In the same manner any picture, character, drawing, or print can be transferred from one to another place. Millions of such instruments can be operated from but one plant of this kind. More important than all of this, however, will be the transmission of power, without wires, which will be shown on a scale large enough to carry conviction."
Had Tesla's dreams come to fruition way back then, this world would be a very different place by now. Not likely one thing would be untouched by the commotion that would have followed. John Hutchison finds himself in the same position, suppressing information, not to keep everyone in the dark, but to protect mankind, from "man unkind". There is only one difference between limitless energy for all and opening the door to the creation of electrical weapons of mass extinction. The rate of energy release. A slow steady release is a power source to be tapped and utilized. A power source with a fast uncontrolled release of energy is also referred to as a bomb! One discontented lunatic could rewire a free energy device and unleash the worlds worst terror attack making the wtc disaster look like nothing at all.
J.P. Morgan, the richest and most powerful man of that time, was a financier of the Tesla Broadcasting system. The Tower was designed as a worldwide wireless communications center. Nikola Tesla also intended to use the tower for transmitting wireless electrical energy to the entire planet. Tesla wanted to saturate the globe with electricity as a dynamo so that everyone on the surface of the earth could obtain electrical light just by sticking wires into the soil and a electric bulb would glow. Homes and automobiles could use a series of vacuum tubes to rectify larger amounts of power at will. Tesla intended to use electricity from the huge resources at Niagara Falls Power Plant for the project. However, when J.P. Morgan heard about the Tesla project, he asked: "How can we get money from the electricity which Tesla is supplying to every part of the world?" Since there was no way to meter the power and collect cash, Morgan decided to cut the funding and the Tower was destroyed. The military quite suddenly decided the tower might be used for "spying" and it was subsequently dynamited while Tesla was in France negotiating funding for a sister tower there. Once France heard of the resistance to Tesla's plan, they pulled their funding as well.
The fall of Wardenclyffe thrust the brilliant inventor into a deep depression and financial distress. "It is not a dream, it is a simple feat of scientific electrical engineering, only expensive — blind, faint-hearted, doubting world! […] Humanity is not yet sufficiently advanced to be willingly led by the discoverer's keen searching sense. But who knows? Perhaps it is better in this present world of ours that a revolutionary idea or invention instead of being helped and patted, be hampered and ill-treated in its adolescence — by want of means, by selfish interest, pedantry, stupidity and ignorance; that it be attacked and stifled; that it pass through bitter trials and tribulations, through the strife of commercial existence. So do we get our light. So all that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle."
Had Wardenclyffe been completed without interruption, Tesla may have once again managed to alter the course of history. Instant access to power, information, pirated phonograph cylinders, and lewd photos of bare-ankled floozies on the TeslaNet may have ushered in the Information Age almost a century ahead of schedule, making today's world a very different place indeed. Perhaps one day we will enjoy the future that Tesla envisioned, albeit a bit behind schedule.
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