Here's a HD video showing Lex Luthor - Drop of Doom testing. Holy cow that's a LONG free fall drop. You may have to watch the video in full screen since the video was shot in portrait mode to capture the entire tower in one shot.
Also, the ride's scheduled opening date of this Saturday June 30th has been delayed until July 7.
This is what I have to say about that...
I think I've become jaded....that car slowed quickly, and pretty high off the ground. I need a bigger thrill I suppose... LOL! ;~P
When they build one on the side of the Sears, er, I mean, Willis Tower, I'll be impressed.
....that car slowed quickly, and pretty high off the ground.
I wonder how much, if any, of a difference it will make when it has eight 175lb. riders loaded in the seats...
g = 9.8 m/s²
The weight of riders doesn't change that.
I'm pretty sure he was talking about the rate of deceleration in a loaded vs empty car. Not the speed of the fall.
^ This, thank you.
Makes me wish that the drop ride off the side of the Vegas Stratosphere wasn't canned a few years back.
^ they still have the bungee drop of the side don't they?
Yeah, but that thing has no capacity.
Does The Vegas Stratosphere have a pop admission ticket with an average attendance of between 20 and 50 thousand a day (just a wild guess)? No? Then their rides do not need high capacity.
Oh wait, you were joking. well in that case... l. o. l.
I remember when they were debating the Stratosphere ride, saying that they didn't want the area to be less classy. You know, because that end of the strip is super fancy.
Actually, last time I was there (and it wasn't even a busy time of year), there was a 45 minute wait just to get to the top of the Stratosphere. In this case I'd say that they really do need more capacity. Smiley face.
I haven't bothered chasing statistics, but this looks to be broadly speaking the same as the ride in Dreamworld, which is awesome. Great to see another one.
The bungee ride off the side of the Strat. is much more of a controlled fall than anything else and I think it costs in the neighborhood of $100.
Also, to be snarky re: speed of descent and g and all that: friction.
I'm pretty sure the Stratosphere fall isn't a freefall for the overwhelming majority of the fall. So it's basically an inconvenient, expensive, open-air elevator.
I want to grab whoever owns that building and go "We get it. The building is tall. Lame rides are still lame when they're on a 1000' platform. Build something thrilling already."
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