Battlestar Galactica roller coaster reopens at Universal Singapore

Posted Monday, February 21, 2011 12:15 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The world's tallest duelling roller-coaster the Battlestar Galactica re-opened on Monday after eleven months of being grounded. The ride, which is the star attraction of Universal Studios Singapore, was forced to shut down just a week into the opening of the theme park. Routine tests had detected a fault in one of the seat support structure of the ride, leaving one seat detached from its frame. The fault was attributed to fatigue cracks detected in a welded component of the seat's support structure, the part which attaches the coaster's seat to its frame.

Read more from ChannelNewsAsia. See also: photos from AsiaOne.

Monday, February 21, 2011 5:23 PM

I love this sentence: " Routine tests had detected a fault in one of the seat support structure of the ride, leaving one seat detached from its frame.".

What they don't say is that the routine test was the person walking under the tracks in the morning cleaning up lost plastic cups, who found the inverted coaster seat along the fence line. *

* (that's actually snark, as I'm not sure anyone honestly knows how/when the seat fell off, and or how it was discovered. However, the sentence in the article makes the reader believe the issue was discovered before there was a catastrophic failure, which simply isn't the case).

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Monday, February 21, 2011 10:28 PM

Hmmm, does anyone else think that Universal may go back to B&M for future projects after Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket and Battlestar Galactica had so many problems.

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Monday, February 21, 2011 10:39 PM

The Singapore project was not really roped in to the state-side Universal Creative folks at the time, so if I understand it correctly, it wasn't really about "Universal" deciding what vendor to go with. But I do suspect that the Rockit nonsense (boring!) will definitely have them thinking carefully about who builds their next roller coaster.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:30 AM

"All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again."

Last edited by SONiC Senshi, Wednesday, February 23, 2011 3:57 PM
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011 1:04 PM

So say we all!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:58 PM

LOL to the last two posts!

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Monday, February 28, 2011 10:34 PM

SONiC Senshi said:
"All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again."

*snicker*

U think that when the guy found the seat, he was all: "what the frak??" ehehehehe...

Seriously now, maybe I missed it, but who designed this coaster?

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Monday, February 28, 2011 10:55 PM

SONiC Senshi said:
"All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again."

I know that as an Information Society song. I'm guessing that they sampled Battlestar Galactica. I have been duped by Kurt for 19 years on that one.

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Monday, February 28, 2011 11:52 PM

Wow, I haven't thought of that in a very long time. I mean, maybe that's where StrongBad got the idea that techno songs all had sci-fi quotes in them.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011 7:09 AM

The system is down.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011 6:16 PM

LOL, the system is down, do do do do to.

Actually it comes from Hindu culture and it is also the first line in Peter Pan and one of the Jim Henson's Muppet movies. I don't know much about the original BSG, but I don't think it featured that theme and doesn't have as much of a spiritual overtone as the 2005 series did.

Previously on Battlestar Galactica: the ride;

The Vekomas were created by man.
They rebelled. (There was much head banging and roughness)
They evolved. (they ride a lot smoother and are heartlined)
They look and feel like Intamin and B&M.
Some are programmed to think they are Intamin and & B&M.
There are MANY copies.
And they have a Plan.

Last edited by SONiC Senshi, Saturday, April 9, 2011 6:40 PM
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Saturday, April 9, 2011 7:48 PM

Oh yeah, and Starbuck's a chick.

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