Alton Towers have opened the world’s first fully synced Virtual Reality rollercoaster. The rollercoaster, named ‘Galactica” uses motion sensors to link physical twists and turns to computer graphics played to the rider via a headset.
Simon Reveley from Figment Productions created the virtual reality ride, which takes riders on a 189 second flight from a space station, through an asteroid belt to an alien world. Virtual reality or VR is most commonly used for gaming and is a computer generated situation of a three dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, in the case of Galatica, a headset.
The link that is created between the physical sensations and the virtual world makes for an immersive experience. VR is able to amplify every single twist and turn of the rollercoaster and can take the rider further than they are able to go in the real world.
There are motion sensors next to every seat and with the user in the prone position of lying face down, the ride is really able to recreate the feeling of flying through space along the 840 metre long track. Giving a completely unique rollercoaster experience. The rider also experiences a maximum g-force of 3.5g’s, which is believed to be more than astronauts typically experience during a rocket launch.
Some facts about the VR rollercoaster:
- Galatica is a revamp of the Rollercoaster, Air
- Each train contains up to 28 passengers
- The track is 840 metres in length
- The height of the biggest drop is 20 metres
- The maximum speed the ride reaches is 47 mph / 75 km/h
- The length of the ride is approximately 189 seconds
- The rides capacity per hour is 1500 passengers
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