Rocket (Furuvik)

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Rocket in 2013.
Location Gävle, Gävleborgs, Sweden
Status Operating since May 21, 2011
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK
Operated 1983 to March 5, 2005
Replaced by Smiler
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel
Product Jet Star II
Riders per train 6
Hourly capacity 900
Propulsion Electric spiral lift
Area 25 metres × 46.5 metres
Height 13.5 metres
Length 585 metres
Inversions 0
Duration 1:50
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Rocket is a steel roller coaster located at Furuvik in Gävle, Gävleborgs, Sweden. The ride is a Schwarzkopf Jet Star II, and it previously operated at Alton Towers from 1983 to March 5, 2005 as the Black Hole.


The Black Hole tent in 2010, four years after the roller coaster was removed

When the ride was at Alton Towers, it was located in a giant canvas-covered building. In 1988, it was modified by BHS to run two-car trains. Previously it ran single cars.[1] It closed on March 5, 2005[2] and was removed the following year, however the building containing the ride wasn't removed until 2012, to make way for the Smiler.

After a renovation from Gerstlauer,[3] the ride reopened at Furuvik on May 21, 2011.

Rocket was put up for sale in late 2021.[4]



2 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged inline in 3 rows, for a total of 6 riders per train. The ride was modified in 1988 by BHS to support trains with multiple cars. Normally Jet Star II models can only support single car trains.


External links

  • Rocket on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
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