Lights On!Space Mountain was, again, out of operation for some time (2/6/2000). The "Chicken Way" (Walktrough Gallery) stayed open during that time so there was a fantastic view on all details ...
Lights On!More pictures, some running trains caught with a 1600 speed film
More lightThese pictures were taken while the lights inside Space Mountain were ON! They show lots of tracks and some meteorites.Pictures by Raysurx
SM TracksSecond picture seems to be part of the Sidewinder LoopingPhotos by Nicolas
The brakesFor braking two braking jaws (picture by Francesco Fabris ) move together by compressed air. The trains have a metal sheet hanging down which goes between the jaws. The lining has to be replaced more than once a year. (Right next to this brake: the hook!)Reported by FeLIX, 8.8.1999
Brakes in the CannonThis picture shows two different braking systems between the rails in the cannonPhoto by Nicolas
The pusher vehicle consists of a chassis that's mounted on rails, below the main ride rails, and has a fin that interfaces with the launch pole on the train. An electric motor rapidly winds up a thick metal rope, that pulls the pusher vehicle up the track, that pushes the train up to the top of the catapult. This system is very similar to the high speed wench systems used to launch aircraft on carriers, only its more reliable and safer.
Reported by Alan Taff, 9.3.1996
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Thrill elements 360 degree "sidewinder" loop "corkscrew" loop 180 degree "tongue" loop Ride controls Redundant programmable logic controller based system, employing six main computers and 1,300 impact/output points Peak height 31 meters Length of catapult 60 meters Length of Lift B 24 meters Number of tracks 1 Length of Track (Ride) 1000 meters Total length 1100 meters (including storage and station) Diameter of track tubes 142 mm Wall thickness 6 - 13 mm Distance of track tubes 1218 mm Diameter of backbone 324 mm Wall thickness 25 mm Number of block zones 7 Number of brake zones 2 + 2 stations Number of tilts 2: Catapult ("Lift A"), Pacer ("Lift B")
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