Kyle Lockhart was an engineer working on experimental, top secret projects at Sugar Grove. His crowning "achievement" was the EX-72 PULSAR, attempting to develop tactical electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons for use by agents in disabling or destroying turrets, robots, and other electronic security systems. Although the project called for extensive testing and analysis, progress was slow. A test cycle required the analysts to fire the weapon, break down the robot, analyze the damage, reset and recalibrate, then wait for a new robot. Even with a fabricator on-site, they could only perform four tests in a day, at best. October 4, 2077, represented that peak capacity. As a talented engineer, Lockhart soon managed to create a workaround: He can set up the fabrication pod to assemble a robot, pipe the fabricator's steam release into a hydraulic actuator to trigger the weapon, and then have the fabricator disassemble the robot and save off the results. The whole cycle took about eight minutes. Lockhart took the next week off for a well-earned vacation, leaving the testing on automatic.
This lack of discipline quickly started to affect Sugar Grove operations, especially since Lockhart neglected to inform his colleagues about the experiment. By the 9th, auxiliary generators had to be brought online. By the 11th, the routine started to consume runaway amounts of storage and forced the facility to tap into the Monongah power grid after the tests burned out eight generators. The tap siphoned enough power to cause brownouts. By the 13th, the routine consumed all available space, forcing a secondary tape drive to be brought online. Then the third. And fourth. It capped out at 58, i.e. all the available storage in the facility.
Lockhart returned to work on the 18th, to a mound of garbage data filling up the drives and no way to sift through it all. Worse yet, General Thomas McAllen, responsible for oversight at the facility, took notice of the impact Lockhart's test had and threatened to sack Lockhart for interfering with a facility crucial to the war effort. Lockhart was given a week to provide a report and an explanation for the incident.  In his own words, the automated test routine has eaten all the data storage on the base, enough power to run Watoga for a year, and more raw materials than the 81st Armored. And he had to dig a golden needle out of it in less than a week.
He realized the futility of the work by the 21st, with less than four days to go. The test data was fragmented across the mainframe and the system couldn't handle the volume, leaving him with no means to access the data, much less analyze it. His only hopes lay with the SIPHON holotapes, but ever since the project was taken out from under his jurisdiction, he was not on the list of people permitted to access the holotapes. The strict controls instituted after repeated misuse also made "borrowing" it impossible.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Kyle Lockhart appears only in Fallout 76.
- Sugar Grove terminals: "EX-72 PULSAR - EMP Weapons Development"
- Sugar Grove terminals: "Research Log: 10/4/77"
- Sugar Grove terminals: "Research Log: 10/7/77"
- Sugar Grove terminals: "10-9-77: Power Use"
- Sugar Grove terminals: "10-11-77: Mainframe Storage"
- Sugar Grove terminals: "10-11-77: RE: Power Use - URGENT"
- Sugar Grove terminals: "10-13-77: Disk Write Errors"
- Sugar Grove terminals: "10-18-77: Project PULSAR"
- Sugar Grove terminals: "10-21-77: RE: SIPHON Holotape"
- Sugar Grove terminals: "Research Log: 10/18/77"
- Sugar Grove terminals: "Research Log: 10/21/77"