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|Designer / calculations||Stan Checketts|
|Capacity||4 riders on each side for a total of 16 riders|
|Propulsion||Pneumatic air launch|
|Area||10 feet × 10 feet|
|Power consumption||480V / 3 phase / 60 Hz (230 kW)|
Big Shot is a S&S Worldwide Space Shot drop tower ride located on top of the 1,000 foot tall STRAT SkyPod tower of The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod in Las Vegas, Nevada. Big Shot opened in 1996 to much fanfare.
Big Shot sits at the top of a large observation tower. At the top of the tower are 13 stories of entertainment space including restaurants, bars, meeting spaces, and wedding chapels. At the very top of the tower sits Big Shot. The drop tower is made of steel and features a singular square shaped ride vehicle that rides up and down the large steel tower with riders located in a single row of four on each side for a total of 16 riders per cycle. The seats feature over the shoulder type restraints.
Powering the ride is a large pneumatic system that provides a high powered launch sending riders to the top of the steel mast at 45 miles per hour. At the time of opening, Big Shot was dubbed the tallest thrill ride in the world.
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