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Alton Towers Unveils Virtual Reality Space-Theme 'Galactica' Rollercoaster Ride

12/01/2016 12:29 GMT | Updated 12/01/2016 14:59 GMT

Alton Towers is promising adrenaline junkies the chance to visit the "cosmos" in ride that could be more strenuous than a rocket launch.

'Galactica' will combine virtual reality and the standard roller coaster experience in a first for the theme park.

While the launch video is a montage of high-res images of the cosmos, the company said the ride aims to allow its riders to experience a g-force of 3.5gs.

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Typically, astronauts experience around 3gs during a rocket launch.

Unveiled at the Science Museum in London, the company's marketing director told the Birmingham Mail why the latest venture was inspired by British astronaut Tim Peake.

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Gill Riley said: "Galactica uses ground breaking technology to give riders a breathtaking and completely unique rollercoaster experience.

"Tim Peake captured the imagination of millions of Brits last year when he set off on his mission to the International Space Station – and now our visitors can become astronauts too."

The ride will last for 189 seconds including a track length of 840 metres. It is set to open in April this year.