The Orbiter is a fairground ride invented by Richard Woolls in 1976.
It has a number of articulated arms radiating from a central rotating vertial axis. Each arm supports a cluster of cars, which are lifted through 90° into the horizontal position once the ride is spinning. At the same time, each cluster of cars rotates around its arm's axis.
Some Carnivals/Amusement Parks With these Rides
- Orbiter-- Perry Fair--Perry, Georgia
- Flying Machine (Orbiter without top)--Busch Gardens Europe
- Orbiter--NAME (Cooke's Amusements)
- Orbiter--Seattle Center
- Sandstorm (Orbiter without top)--Busch Gardens Africa
- Typhoon--Murphy Brothers
- Vortex--Adventureland in UK
- Orbiter--Mighty Bluegrass Shows, Bill Hames Shows
- Typhoon--World's Finest Shows
- The Orbiter is made by Tivoli manufacturing, a British company. In the U.S. their representative is Amtech.
- The Orbiter comes in at least three different names. The names are the Orbiter, Predator, and Typhoon. The Orbiter and Predator both have a cylinder ball on top (if they didn't take it off), and the Typhoon has lightning bolts.
- The Orbiter/Typhoon/Predator arms don't always tilt at the same height (90%). Some might tilt all the way while others don't tilt a lot.
- Most Orbiters consist of six arms, and have three cars for each arm with up to two people sitting in each car.
- There is a metal lap bar that comes down on the car for the restraint.
- The Extreme Orbiter is actually called a Remix. It's a completely different experience.