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

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.

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.

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.