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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from Scripps Oceanography
Key Facts In This Video
FLIP is short for FLoating Instrument Platform. (0:10)
When FLIP is in its vertical position, 300 of its 355 feet are underwater. (0:35)
FLIP can remain stable even when in the midst of large waves. (0:43)