First flip platform

Last updated: September 19, 2017 at 3:11 am

The R/P FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform) is a research platform (108 m / 355 ft) designed to partially flood and pitch backward thus standing upright and becoming half submerged. Once the platform is vertical, its bulkheads become floors. It was launched by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1962 (modernized in 1995) for use in scientific research. It has no propulsion system and must be towed to sea where it is either anchored or set adrift. As of 2017, the R/P FLIP is owned by the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) and operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography. A similar and subsequent floating laboratory from France, l’Île flottante (1964), had to remain vertical at all times and was thus considered a buoy.

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