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Helix

Helix is a roller coaster with many exciting elements. The ride starts in a high position, at the foot of the AtmosFear tower. During the first part of the ride, the train uses the initial gravitational energy, before reaching the first launch

  • Projekthelix.se blog and launch video
  • Track length: 1 355 m
  • Top speed: 100 km/h
  • Elevation difference: 41 m
  • G-force: 4.3 G
  • Ride time: 130 sekunder
  • Capacity: Around 1350 riders/hour
  • 2 LSM launches

The launch uses electromagnetism: LSM - Linear Synchronous Motors - in contrast to the hydraulic launch of the Kanonen roller coaster. This technology may inspire a new interpretation of Einstein's first paper on relativity "Zur Elektrodynamik Bewegter Körper" - "On the Electrodynamics of moving bodies". A variable magnetic field in the track pushes the magnets on the train. For the launch to work, the change in magnetic field must change faster and faster, as the train accelerates - in a "train accelerator". Also the brakes are magnetic, like the brakes in Kanonen.

Below are links to physics and technology relating to different elements of Helix. (Some so far available only in Swedish)

Spårvidd 106 cm