Scary Facts Released regarding the "new fastest coaster on earth"

Saturday, October 3, 2009 9:04 PM

From the photos it is hard to tell what they are doing.

But based on S&S's prior history, they are probably using a cylinder where the piston, instead of being connected to a rod, is connected to a pair of wire ropes. The cylinder operates at low pressure, but extremely high volume. The system necessarily uses wire rope to accelerate the vehicle, so it is subject to all the same rope-related problems as the Intamin coasters. But I believe the compressed air brings with it another set of hazards that Intamin doesn't have to deal with on their hydraulic rides. The risk of explosion...where "explosion" is defined as the rapid escape and expansion of pressurized gas, not necessarily involving any kind of ignition...is certainly one of those potential problems.

--Dave Althoff, Jr

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Sunday, October 4, 2009 5:36 PM

Mamoosh said:
Violated no one has been.

I didnt realize Yoda got into journalism. Cool

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Sunday, October 4, 2009 7:46 PM

RideMan said:
rides. The risk of explosion...where "explosion" is defined as the rapid escape and expansion of pressurized gas, not necessarily involving any kind of ignition...is certainly one of those potential problems.

--Dave Althoff, Jr

Yeah, I usually incur the same risk when I eat Mexican food... ;)

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Sunday, October 4, 2009 10:20 PM

Mamoosh said:
Sounds like Arrow wants to compete with Intamin! ;)

Crimony, now Jeff has to field more scathing emails from Sandor :)

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Monday, October 5, 2009 1:11 AM

And when he does, I'm sure he will get another chuckle out of it. I wonder if he shows his "fan mail" to his other friends in the business...

Not that it would make any difference. He would be telling said friends things they already know.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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