Sky Rocket topped off at Kennywood

Posted Saturday, May 22, 2010 3:42 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an unedited press release from Premier Rides. -J]

Premier Rides’ newest multi-million dollar installation, the Sky Rocket at Kennywood Park, was successfully topped off by ironworkers this week. The final 70 foot track section weighing over 8 tons was carefully installed ten stories up in the air at the highest point of the ride.

Jim Seay, President of Premier Rides commented, “We are extremely proud to reach this milestone and extra proud that we are providing an attraction that has generated hundreds of manufacturing and ironworker jobs right here in the United States.”

Sky Rocket’s magnetic launch technology makes this coaster one of Kennywood’s most exciting attractions in the park. Kennywood’s new launch coaster will feature many exciting and unique elements including three inversions and a 0-80km/hr (50mph) launch in two seconds. After the high-speed launch, riders will experience a vertical ascent to 95 feet before a brief cliffhanger pause at the top and a 90-degree drop into a maximum G-force pullout. The riders will then enjoy extended airtime as the train races into an inverted top hat element, passes into a barrel roll, and goes vertical again through a twist up leading to another pause. Riders experience a second vertical free fall followed by another maximum G-force pullout on the way into a highly banked fan curve. After a twisted corkscrew, a curve to a zero gravity hill, and a series of wave turns, riders finally return to the station.

See also: Sky Rocket at Kennywood in the CoasterBuzz database.

Kennywood's Sky Rocket, topped off

Kennywood's Sky Rocket, topped off

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 12:52 AM

Let me say I haven't been this excited to see a ride done in 40 years!

Almost there...... just one more bolt.....just a bit more torque.................almost..........there...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010 6:54 PM
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Seriously, Corporate Puppet? I'm the exact opposite about Sky Rocket. I don't find it interesting in any way at all.

It's cool for you to be excited though.


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Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:27 PM

I'm excited because it's a new roller coaster at my home park, but... otherwise I don't know if I'd be planning a trip.

Question for kpjb: I think you mentioned earlier in the thread that the second half looked like it was running 'too slow' after the first few tests. Obviously the 'trim brakes' in the middle of the ride were hitting a bit hard in that first test video (20ish second near pause on a non-block seemed excessive), but purely from an acceptable-forces point of view, what can actually be done about the second half's speed?

I ask because a logical solution would seem to be increasing the speed at which the train departs the MC....TBs (mid course trim brakes?). That said, the quite-small radius of the initial drop off the trims would seem to mean that the speed there can only be increased a rather small amount before the Gs approach unacceptable in the rear of the train. Is there enough play there to get the second half operating as-desired?

Last edited by BBSpeed26, Friday, June 18, 2010 1:22 PM

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Friday, June 18, 2010 4:44 PM
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There are just fins there to slow it down magnetically. A few were removed so it wouldn't slow down as much. They can be added back once everything is broken in if needed.

Last edited by kpjb, Friday, June 18, 2010 4:44 PM

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 6:49 PM

POV

Looks like they de-trimmed some of the Mid-course. Doesn't look so bad.


Could be a fun little coaster, still not sure what to think of those surf curves though.

Last edited by Tsunami78, Tuesday, June 22, 2010 6:53 PM
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 7:03 PM
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Looks pretty neat to me. Possible moments of solid air time as well. Wish I could get out there this year!


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 7:12 PM
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We will be there July 3rd. Yea I know it is going to be crazy busy, but we will be ready for the crowds.


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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 7:35 PM
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I changed my mind a little bit...It kind of looks like fun.

But the capacity still sucks, and for that, I'm still not completely behind this new coaster.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:53 AM

Looks better than anticipated, though I still wonder very seriously about that cliffhanger thing on the first hill and the surf curve/tiny bunny hills bit. Hoping to make a trip out there this weekend to ride it, but might have to settle for just one ride if the lines are as spectacular as I suspect they might be.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:06 AM
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I'm no engineer, and the ride looks awesome as is, but it seems from watching the POV that this could have easily been blocked for three trains. And judging by the time it takes the train to run the course, the interval would be suitable for three trains.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:20 AM
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The only thing that I really like about this new coaster is that it rolls into the launch. That's friggin cool.

With it's location within the park, low capacity, and newness, people will be waiting in line forever for it though.

I think that the slowdown at the top of the first hill is necessary. Just think of how forceful the first drop would be if it didn't slow down.

I'm not 100% excited for this new coaster, but now that I've seen the POV, my interest has gone up a little bit.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:35 AM
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I'd love to get to Kennywood this year. Talked with some friends about going in October. Perhaps I can go on PPP weekend. I really want to ride this. This makes only 3 launched Premiers left in the US that I haven't ride (the other 2 are clones), and I haven't found a Premier that I didn't absolutely LOVE yet.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:09 PM
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With the POV having been released, this is probably not as exciting. But, I shot this off ride footage of a test run yesterday around 7pm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99eah4N2x30


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:32 PM
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POV is overrated. I'd rather see it from the ground.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:55 PM
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The POV footage seemed to be faster than my off ride footage. I'm guessing there was more weight in the train for the POV footage. It went thought the mid course trim much faster than what I saw yesterday. I was unable to stick around to see it run with large EnthusiASSes in the seats. ;)

But, from everyone I've heard from since last night, it's a very fun ride. I haven't heard anything negative yet. I will be back in Pittsburgh tonight talking to many of those who rode it. I will let you know if I hear anything different.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Wednesday, June 23, 2010 2:56 PM

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 3:12 PM

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=581708734222

(ripped off video removed, redirected to the source -J)

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 4:56 PM
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It's hella smooth and full of airtime in unexpected places. The lap bar-only design is actually a bit disconcerting at times which makes it all the more fun.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:38 PM

Going to Kennywood on Monday the 28th it was going to open this weekend but will not open till the 29th! 1 Day to late! What a bummer!


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 6:27 PM

Before someone says something about my last post. Yes I know there are other reasons to go to Kennywood besides Sky rocket. I have been there a few times in my life and will have a very good time on Monday just like I always do when I go there! I am going with a group of about 25 people! It will be a blast! I love Kennywood !


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 6:51 PM

Any chance for a soft opening this weekend? I've got a ticket that expires before the 29th...


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