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.
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)