Universal Studios Singapore has confirmed for the first time that the closure of its Battlestar Galactica attraction was caused by a seat detaching from one of the ride's trains while it was in motion.
The incident occurred during a routine test just a week after the dueling rollercoasters opened to the public in March, and the attraction was immediately closed to the public. No-one was hurt, but the issue has resulted in Universal Studios Singapore being without one of its major draws throughout the park's first five months of operations.
An investigation by manufacturer Vekoma and third-party experts has revealed that "higher than anticipated stress and vibration levels" weakened the post which attached the seat to the train. The manufacturer will replace the welded component with a new, machined seat-post and will reinforce other areas of the ride train. The park's statement does not reveal which of Battlestar Galactica's two distinct rollercoasters suffered from the issue, or whether it affected both.
Universal Studios Singapore has previously said that it hopes to reopen Battlestar Galactica by the end of 2010, although it has refused to commit to a specific reopening date. TODAYonline quotes a spokesperson as saying: "(It) will be a lengthy process that will begin only after a final engineering solution has been manufactured and installed." Both of the attraction's two coasters (known as Human and Cyclon) will remain closed until safety authorities in Singapore can be convinced that they can ensure rider safety.
Located in the Sci-Fi City area of the park, Battlestar Galactica opened to the public on March 18. 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. Both coasters feature a launched start, and at a height of 140ft are the tallest dueling rollercoasters in the world.