Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

They Invented What? (No. 37)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on February 27, 2018

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 5,769,724: Human free-flight catapult.

JW Note:  Reference numeral 7 in the below figure points to the “human rider.”  I’ll stick with roller coasters, thank you.

catapult

Abstract:

An amusement ride for catapulting a human rider, enclosed within a capsule, into the air in much the same fashion as ancient armies would hurl large boulders over the walls of castles. The ride provides many of the sensations and thrills encountered by fighter pilots launching from the decks of aircraft carriers without the requirement for flight training or the associated dangers. The ride essentially consists of a siege type catapult and a releasably connected launch pod. When in the launch position, a release mechanism is triggered by the operator and the rider is catapulted into the air at a physiologically safe rate of acceleration along a predictable free-flight arc. When an acceptable elevation is reached, the rider is separated…

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