|Opening date||June 29, 2010|
|Lift/launch system||Linear Synchronous Motor|
|Height||95 ft (29 m)|
|Length||2,100 ft (640 m)|
|Speed||50 mph (80 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||90°|
|Height restriction||52 in (132 cm)|
|Sky Rocket at RCDB
Pictures of Sky Rocket at RCDB
Sky Rocket is a steel roller coaster located at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the first coaster erected at the park since the renovation of the Steel Phantom into the Phantom's Revenge in 2001; it also marks the return of a roller coaster that features inversions. It was completed in the late spring of 2010 and after a period of testing opened at the end of June.
The Sky Rocket occupies the ground formerly held by the Turnpike near the entrance to the park; the Turnpike ride is expected to return to the park in the future in a modified state.
After exiting the station, the train turns 180 degrees. It then lines up with the launch motors and is accelerated from 0-50 mph (80 km/h) in 3 seconds. It goes up a 95-foot top hat element (without changing direction) into a cutback inversion, which is two half-corkscrews joined together in opposite directions so that the train exits moving 180 degrees from the direction it entered. It goes straight into a Zero-G Roll followed by a 180 degree upwards curve into the mid-course brake run. it comes almost to a complete stop only to plummet to the ground with a near-vertical drop. It goes into a low over-banked turn under the cutback, followed by a corkscrew over another piece of track, creating a head-chopper effect. It goes into another over-banked turn, followed by a series of S-curves to add to the excitement. It does one more 180 degree turn into a series of bunny hops going under the corkscrew. It does one final twist straight into the final brake run.
The trains are painted red and black with the "Sky Rocket" logo on the front, and each train has 2 cars. The ride also features a harness system, which locks riders in at the waist rather than the shoulders. This gives riders a sense of mobility not usually felt in coasters featuring inversions.
It is also one of only three coasters in the world to feature a cutback inversion, Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris and SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge at Nickelodeon Universe are the only others.
|Golden Ticket Awards: Best Steel Coaster|
|Golden Ticket Awards: Best New Ride (Amusement Park)|
- Superman: Ultimate Flight (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom), another Premier Rides roller coaster which is considered, by the manufacturer, as Sky Rocket's successor
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