After discovering the very informative Unofficial Space Mountain homepage, I learned a thing or two about the Paris ride. You are correct, the ride is neither an LIM or LSM, but instead consists of a hook that catches under the train, pulls it to the launch hill, then rapidly accelerates, much like an aircraft carrier launch. It is considered an "electric-motor-propelled catapult". There is a rumor (unconfirmed) that the ride now launches from halfway up the hill because the launch from the bottom was too fast, but in any event, I think that's your answer.
I got my info from http://www.cafetiki.com/space/paris.htm. You can go there to find out more or go to the Unofficial Space Mountain homepage at http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/9844/index2.html to find out more about the other Space Mountains.
Dave is pretty much right on. Imagine Millennium Force's lift hill, but instead of having a elevator lift motor and spool all the way down on the ground, there are LSM's (or LIM's. Not sure) mounted directly underneath the track (This is from what I noticed while riding). Once you leave the station, you go around two turns, a small drop, then head up the lift. The brakes on the lift stop and hold the train, the catch car locks in place, then the train launches. The launch is actually really cool, although not powerful by any of todays "standards".
The train does stop about 1/3rd of the way up the hill, and then the launch goes for another 1/3rd or so, then you slow down and go over the top of the hill and into the building.
I've got a POV of it around here somewhere... Let's see if I can find it. *** Edited 11/23/2003 1:53:10 AM UTC by rOLLocOASt***
The spool is connected to 2 electric motors (next to the cannon is a huge concrete slab... the motors are under there). The pusher has a rubber nose, that push against a small piece under the fourth car.
How is the train lauched? Simple, the motors wrap and unwrap the cable on the spool... launching the trains.
The train is launched from halfway through for capacity reason (we need the extra block given by the bottom of the cannon to run 5 trains... yes 2 trains can fit in the cannon).
Coasterjosh said:I don't understand any of these cryptic initials.
And I suppose you wouldn't know who CPNut is either, eh? *** Edited 11/23/2003 7:37:19 AM UTC by Michael Darling***
Any other questions on Space Mountain?
BTW...Is the 3rd inversion "the tongue" really an inversion.
Also do all of the effect than open with the ride work....like the cannon and such?
Effects that don't work? Off the top of my mind:
The recoil of the cannon
the sun does not move (its on the cannon)
No huge blast of vapor (the smoke of the cannon)
Some effects inside the ride don't work
Are things that have been given up on...or will be worked on during the next rehab?
In regards to the tongue...I l've heard you only bank 90 degree....
The Tongue is exactly like the Cutback.
That's ashame that the canon effect don't work well. I am guessing the company that own DLP or is it now PDL is as cheap as disney here. It really pathitic that all this time and money goes into this stuff and could be working again with a the systems being modified.
Has the ride gotten rough over the years and does the music always work?
Also do you know were that picture of the tongue can be found?
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