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Universal Studios Singapore forced to close Battlestar Galactica

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Universal Studios Singapore has been forced to close its Battlestar Galactica dueling rollercoasters, in order to repair a technical problem.

The nature of the glitch, which was discovered during routine testing on Thursday morning, has not been revealed. However, it is serious enough to require the park to close the ride indefinitely until it is solved and a new safety certificate is issued by authorities. The park says this could take "several days or longer".

The problem is known to be with the ride vehicle on of the two coasters which make up Battlestar Galactica, although it is not known which one. Though both coasters - known as Human and Cyclon - were designed by Vekoma, they are actually very different rides. Cyclon is an inverted coaster and features several inversions, while Human features none and is a sit-down steel coaster.

Universal Studios Singapore released a statement yesterday on the closure, saying: "During our daily pre-opening testing yesterday morning prior to opening to the public, we found a technical problem on one of the ride vehicles and we are investigating at the Battlestar Galactica attraction. In keeping with our commitment to employee and guest safety, the ride was immediately closed by Universal Studios Singapore and will not be operating until we determine the cause and solution."

"Experts from the ride's design, engineering and manufacturing company are assisting our own experienced ride and show team in the inspection and any necessary action to resolve the situation. No one was injured and all proper authorities were notified, which is a standard Universal Studios Singapore operating policy."

Located in the Sci-Fi City area of the park, Battlestar Galactica is the headline thrill ride of Universal Studios Singapore, which opened to the public on March 18. Both coasters feature a launched start, and at a height of 140ft are the tallest dueling rollercoasters in the world.

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