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Eurosat

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roller coaster
Eurosat
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Europa Park
Location Rust, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Status Operating since 1989
Statistics
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Enclosed - Virtual reality
Riders per train 16
Hourly capacity 1,550
Propulsion Spiral lift
Height83.7 feet
Top speed37.3 mph
Length2,952.8 feet
Inversions0
Duration3:10
G-force4G
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Note: The onride POV was shot with the maintenance lighting being on.


Eurosat is a Mack Rides steel enclosed roller coaster located at Europa Park in Germany. The ride has been in operation since 1989, which makes it the oldest operating classic roller coaster of the park.

Design[edit]

The roller coaster is inside a 148 foot high geodesic dome and it is themed to spaceflight.

Ride Experience[edit]

After leaving the station, the train is transported upwards in a spiral lift. At the end of the countdown which starts when reaching the top, the ride starts with a curved drop to the right. The layout consists of many helices, banked curves and quick changes of direction. It ends with a rather hard braking accompanied by a loud crash sound.

Big parts of the ride are in darkness, but there are several special effects on the ride, such as lasers, glowing asteroids (illuminated by blacklight) and a tunnel with blue lights inside.

The soundtrack "In a Second Orbit" by "Stark Fader and the Cosmic Sound Heroes" plays on the ride through speakers inside the dome.

Refurbishment[edit]

In June 2017, Europa-Park announced that they would be refurbishing Eurosat in a project code named Eurosat 2.0.The refurbishment will entail a complete retracking of the ride, the addition of a virtual reality experience with its own separate station, the addition of some new theming and some changes to the ride's layout. The refurbishment will start during Winter Season 2017 and will finish in Summer 2018.

Trains[edit]

6 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.

Individual lapbars are being used as restraints.

Trivia[edit]

  • The roller coaster uses the rare "barrel-lift" which is a special kind of a spiral lift. Inside of the spiral of tracks there is a big rotating cylinder, which has vertical steel beams on the outside. These "catch" the train and carry it up the spiral.
  • The soundtrack inside the lift changes slightly as the train ascends. In the bottom section, the background synths are the most prominent, in the middle section the beats are the loudest instrument and in the top section the lead synths are prevalent part.
  • The countdown is inspired by the Apollo 11 mission: "10, 9, ignition sequence starts, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 - all engines running!"