Sky Rocket (Kennywood)

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Sky Rocket
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roller coaster
Location West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since June 29, 2010
Manufacturer Premier Rides
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 12
Propulsion LSM launch (rolling)
Height95 feet
Top speed50 mph
Length2100 feet
Steepest drop90°
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Sky Rocket is a Premier Rides launched roller coaster located at Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, USA. The ride occupies the ground formerly held by Turnpike near the entrance to the park; Turnpike is expected to reopen in the distant future.

History[edit | edit source]


The roller coaster was revealed in August 2009, at the same time that Turnpike was closed.[1] The attraction was removed to make way for the new roller coaster and while Kennywood claimed it would be reinstalled, it has remained closed. The name Sky Rocket was revealed in December.[2] Sky Rocket opened to the public on June 29, 2010 following a press preview the day before.[3]

For the 2017 season, optional virtual reality headsets were added to Sky Rocket, with a $5 extra charge.[4]

The ride was Standing but not operating from May 2018 to June 2019 due to a small electrical fire that damaged many components in the coaster's engine room. Among the damaged components was a generator that melted down and had to be made in Europe and shipped to the park. It reopened in June 2019.

Design[edit | edit source]

Sky Rocket is the first roller coaster from Premier Rides with a LSM launch, as opposed to a LIM launch.

Trains[edit | edit source]

2 trains with 2 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 12 riders per train. The trains are open sided and riders are secured by lap-bar restraints.

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