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.)
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.
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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