Universal Studios Singapore has begun daytime stress-testing of the Battlestar Galactica dueling rollercoasters, which have been closed for 9 months after a major fault was discovered.
A serious incident during a routine test in March led to the attraction's closure just a week after it first opened, when a seat flew off one of Battlestar Galactica's trains. The fault was attributed to fatigue cracks in the component which attaches the seats to the trains, which ultimately resulted in one shearing off. Manufacturer Vekoma has since replaced the original welded parts with new machined ones, enabling testing to commence.
The daytime testing is required due to the way differing temperatures affect the expansion and contraction of metal in the coasters' tracks and trains. Universal Studios Singapore will need to successfully complete the tests and obtain safety clearance from Singapore authorities before Battlestar Galactica can reopen - with March or April 2011 appearing to be a realistic timeframe.
Located in the Sci-Fi City area of the park, Battlestar Galactica first opened to the public on March 18, 2010. It features two coasters, dubbed Human and Cyclon. 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.
Universal Studios Singapore has suffered from major teething problems since opening, with two of its headline attractions out of actions for almost the entirety of 2010. In addition to Battlestar Galactica, the Madagascar: A Crate Adventure family boat ride has had a troubled gestation period, and is yet to open at all despite originally being scheduled to debut alongside the rest of the park.
Universal has previously stated that it expects both Battlestar Galactica and Madagascar: A Crate Adventure to open to the public during the first half of 2011. They are due to be joined by a new attraction based on the Transformers movies, which is currently under construction, later in 2011.
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