Alton Towers is to launch the world’s first virtual reality rollercoaster, it has been announced this morning.
Galactica is based on the theme park’s existing ride Air which has been customised for the full virtual reality experience.
Riders will be transformed into astronauts and plunged into outer space on the ride, which opens in April.
Gill Riley, Marketing Director at Alton Towers, said: “Galactica uses ground breaking technology to give riders a breathtaking and completely unique rollercoaster experience.
“Tim Peake captured the imagination of millions of Brits last year when he set off on his mission to the International Space Station – and now our visitors can become astronauts too.
“There is nowhere else in the world that people can experience the feeling of a flying rollercoaster combined with soaring through the universe. “For two minutes, our guests will be transported into space and we believe Galactica showcases the future for theme parks around the world – it’s a complete game changer!”
Each rider will wear a specialist VR headset on Galactica. Through this, an on-board artificial intelligence guides them from the launch pad up into space, flying and looping beyond the stars, banking through wormholes and speeding across undiscovered galaxies, revealing the wonders of the cosmos in stunning clarity.
The news comes just a week after the theme park announced it was opening the UK’s first Rollercoaster Restaurant. See more here
Galactica is the first major launch at Alton Towers since last June’s crash on The Smiler rollercoaster, which left five people seriously injured.
GALACTICA IN NUMBERS
• Total G-force: 3.5 G’s
• Track length: 840 metres
• Height of drop: 20 metres
• Ride duration: 189 seconds
• Maximum speed: 75km per hour
• Capacity per car: 28 passengers
• Capacity per hour: 1500 passengers