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Compressed air launch

Compressed air launch

A compressed air launch uses compressed air to launch the train. The first roller coaster with a compressed air launch was the now defunct HyperSonic XLC at Kings Dominion, opened in 2001. Do-Dodonpa, opened later in 2001, still operates today and has the fastest launch acceleration of any coaster in the world. Several launch coasters in China, including Extreme Rusher at Happy Valley Beijing and Bullet Coaster at Happy Valley Shenzhen, also use compressed air. This propulsion system is most commonly used on S&S Worldwide's launched coasters.

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