EUTHANASIA COASTER

“Euthanasia Coaster” is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death. Thanks to the marriage of the advanced cross-disciplinary research in space medicine, mechanical engineering, material technologies and, of course, gravity, the fatal journey is made pleasant, elegant and ritualistic. Celebrating the limits of the human body but also the liberation from the horizontal life, this ‘kinetic sculpture’ is in fact the ultimate roller coaster: John Allen, former president of the famed Philadelphia Toboggan Company, once sad that “the ultimate roller coaster is built when you send out twenty-four people and they all come back dead. This could be done, you know.”

Design, engineering: Julijonas Urbonas
Health issues: Dr. Michael Gresty,  Spatial Disorientation Lab, Imperial College, London
Model making: Paulius Vitkauskas
Photography: Aist? Vali?t? and Daumantas Plechavi?ius
Video: Science Gallery
Video footage (human centrifuge training): William Ellis

Model (scale 1:500):
Euthanasia Coaster

Application:
Euthanasia, execution

Dimensions:
Height: 510 m
Drop lenght: 500 m
Track length: 7544 m

Duration:
Lift: 120 s
Drop: 10 s
Exposure to 10 g: 60 s
Total: 3:20

Features:
Max speed: 100m/s
Inversions: 7
Max g-force: 10 g

Cause of death:
Cerebral hypoxia, lack of oxygen supply to the brain.

Additional effects:
Greyout – loss of color vision;
Tunnel vision – loss of peripheral vision;
Blackout – complete loss of vision;
G-LOC – g-force induced Loss Of Consciousness.

© 2010 Julijonas Urbonas