Superman: Tower of Power (Dungeon Drop) Opens!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2006 12:32 AM
After moving several states. Getting a paint scheme and the name Acrophobia. Getting renamed Superman: Tower of Power and getting ANOTHER paint scheme. The ride finally opened!!!

The residents of Metropolis, IL were invited to the park for free and Miss. Metropolis helped cut the ribbon for the ride. It was a nice day and below you can go to MiG to see photos of the ride in action as well as various other changes around the park.

http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/sixflags/052006/

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 12:46 AM
Is each side independent of each other?

That would be awesome if you sat in side with all "heavy people" in it!!! :P

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 12:47 AM
Yes each pod is independent of the others. You will see some of the pods drop quicker than the other depending on the weight of its occupents.
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Saturday, May 20, 2006 12:54 AM
Is it only one drop?

Or dose it bounce when it get near the bottom? (ex: Supreme Scream)

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Saturday, May 20, 2006 1:03 AM
S&S towers are the only ones that "bounce." Tower of Power is an Intamin... it takes you up then drops you onto magnetic brakes, and that's it.
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Saturday, May 20, 2006 1:16 AM
Actually that's not correct. Moser's drop ride bounces.
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Saturday, May 20, 2006 2:01 AM

Swoosh said:
You will see some of the pods drop quicker than the other depending on the weight of its occupents.

Yes, that makes physical sense.
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Saturday, May 20, 2006 2:11 AM
^^ and so do Zamperla and Huss towers. Oops.
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Sunday, May 21, 2006 10:51 AM
I'm not understanding this. Cars with heavier people drop sooner when they reach the top, or cars with heavier people drop at a higher velocity so great you can actually notice it? I don't follow.
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Sunday, May 21, 2006 11:07 AM
^they get to the bottom quicker or so it seems. For some odd reason (and this is the same way with all of Intamin towers that I have seen with the individual pods of four riders) some of the pods appear to disengage from their carrier at the top before some of the others. Why is this? Wouldn't you think that they would all release at once?!?!

Also did anyone reading this thread get confused as to what park this was referring to? Apparently we have some readers at RRC who are not quite on top of things *cough* David A.*cough* and could not put two and two together.

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 11:50 AM
Am I missing something from high school physics here or have Newton's laws changed? I thought different weighing objects fell at the same rate of speed no matter their weight.

http://www.school-for-champions.com/science/gravity.htm

"One surprising characteristic of the force of gravity is that the acceleration it causes in falling bodies it independent of the mass of the object.

In other words, a 5-pound weight would fall at the same rate as a 10-pound weight. If dropped from the same height, they would take the same time to hit the ground."

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 1:54 PM
That is in the ideal frictionless environment. When you add in air resistance and friction in the ride vehicle, heavier objects do end up falling fast (i.e. a rock vs. a feather).
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Sunday, May 21, 2006 3:46 PM
Right, but are big people really going to create that much more air resistance than smaller people?
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Sunday, May 21, 2006 3:57 PM
You guys are forgeting the biggest reason your butt leaves the seat, the normal force, ie the force an object exerts on another when they are touching (most of the time this force opposes gravity) this is the force that keeps you motionless for a second after the release causing you to "rise" off the seat.
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Sunday, May 21, 2006 4:03 PM
This is the most ridiculous thread I have ever encountered. I really hope you are not all being serious. It appears no one has ever seen an Intamin drop tower before or had any education beyond primary school. Not intending to insult anyone, but the point of the thread is to discuss the new drop tower at Six Flags St. Louis not basic physics.

On topic, it is interesting to see that SF once again re-used the same Superman cutouts to decorate the queue. I am surprised though that the small building that you exit through is not being used to sell Superman merchandise. Instead it strangely just houses some tables.

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Sunday, May 21, 2006 4:37 PM

CoasterMatt said:
Not intending to insult anyone, but the point of the thread is to discuss the new drop tower at Six Flags St. Louis not basic physics.

Not intending to insult *you* but until you are a moderator of this forum I really don't think it's your place to decide what direction the conversations should take.

*** Edited 5/21/2006 8:38:38 PM UTC by matt.***

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Monday, May 22, 2006 12:38 AM
Here are photos of the actual media event:

http://www.midwestinfoguide.com/media/towerofpower/mediaday.html

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