Saturday, October 2, 2010
weekend reflection: Reverse bungy
I live and work in the suburbs and don't usually go to the city. Last Saturday, we met a visitor, and I took a lot of photos of tall glass buildings.
The Reverse Bungee (or catapult bungee, or Ejecton Seat) is a modern type of fairground ride that was invented by Troy Griffin in 1995. His dream was to create a safer, yet more extreme bungee jumping experience.
The ride consists of two telescopic gantry towers mounted on a platform, feeding two elastic ropes down to a two person passenger car constructed from an open sphere of tubular steel. The passenger car is secured to the platform with an electro-magnetic latch as the elastic ropes are stretched. When the electromagnet is turned off, the passenger car is catapulted vertically with a g-force of 3–5, reaching an altitude of between 50 and 80 metres (180–260 ft).
The passenger sphere is free to rotate between the two ropes, giving the riders a chaotic and disorienting ride. After several bounces, the ropes are relaxed and the passengers are lowered back to the launch position.
This photo was taken in Down town Auckland at Victoria Street near to the Sky Tower.
In Singapore, they have it at Clarke Quay.