Yeah! I saw footage on CNN. It looked wild. It's an actual roller coaster with box track and - if I remember correctly - two cars, enough to hold up to eight astronauts. (I believe the shuttle's maximum capacity is seven.) It isn't a full circuit, but from what I saw it swoops swiftly away from the launch tower. Assumably it would get the crew away from the immediate danger zone in case of a blast of an imminent blast on the pad, such as during a major fuel leak. Wouldn't that be one heck of a credit to get?
I dont know if it will be available to the public, I imagine that since space, and time on ride will be a factor that the G-forces will be much higher then your run of the mill roller coaster (since astronauts train in high G environments.)
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Not really....this seems to be similar to a "dive coaster" like Sheikra. The Arrow fish hook was more a giant Intamin 1st generation freefall (Demon Drop at CP) The key difference is that you fall butt first in the later.
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Real Cbuzz quote of the day -
"The classes i take in collage are so mor adcanced then u could imagen. Dont talk about my emglihs" - Adamforce
Ypu, angnjc, you do detect "A little Maha Lingo" (My Father was a card-carrying Dittohead. <G> As for me, I listen occaisionally for laughs.)
Hey Jeff! I'm Sorry all those Emoticons offended you. I mean't no harm. The 46 Emoticons represent each Roller Coaster I've been able to ride because of a Free Ticket I acquired as compensation for voluntarily giving up my seat on an overbooked flight! ;)
( :) This includes my most recent flight to Pennsylvania for PPP at Knoebals :) )
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