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.
The DHARMA Initiative had originally designed the station to be a laboratory to study and manipulate the "unique electromagnetic fluctuations emanating from this sector of the Island," as described by Pierre Chang in the Swan orientation video. However, after the "incident", they enacted a special protocol to prevent a potential global catastrophe.
Two individuals manning the station took shifts (entering numbers into a computer) every 108 minutes. These two operators lived and worked at the station, continuing this task for shifts lasting 540 days.
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