A new report suggests that the Battlestar Galactica rollercoaster at Universal Studios Singapore could be out of action for the rest of 2010.
The report cites an analysis of the park's parent company Genting Singapore by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which says that it expects the ride to return to action in 2011. However, the official line from Universal Studios Singapore remains that it is continuing to investigate the problems that caused Battlestar Galactica's closure in March and that predicting a reopening date is not yet possible.
The dueling coaster operated for just a week after the park opened on March 18, before it was closed on March 25 after problems were discovered during routine testing. Both Universal Studios Singapore and manufacturer Vekoma are involved in the ongoing investigation, with the focus appearing to be on Battlestar Galactica's vehicles, which were completely dismantled back in April to allow a detailed analysis of faults.
Universal Studios Singapore is yet to reveal which of the attraction's two coasters - known as Human and Cyclon - suffered the testing glitch. However, given that the rides feature intertwining circuits, both will remain closed until the ride receives safety clearance from authorities in Singapore.
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.