FLIP, The Research Platform That's Also A Buoy

FLIP (which is short for FLoating Instrument Platform) was designed to sink most of its length and transform into a spar buoy for enhanced stabilization. In its "vertical" state, most of the platform is submerged in the calm waters below the waves, making it "almost as stable as a fencepost." Researchers must hold on and reorient themselves as it "flips" over the course of about 20 minutes.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. FLIP is short for FLoating Instrument Platform. 00:10

  2. When FLIP is in its vertical position, 300 of its 355 feet are underwater. 00:35

  3. FLIP can remain stable even when in the midst of large waves. 00:43

Written by Curiosity Staff August 28, 2015