The FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform) is a one-of-a-kind vessel: by filling ballasts in its long, horizontal construction, it can actually rotate itself into a vertical position. By bobbing in the water, the craft is much less susceptible to waves, which aids in properly utilizing the detailed instrumentation onboard.
Perhaps even more interesting than the actual ability to flip is all the small engineering hurdles that must have been poured over in the design process, including rotating toilets and kitchens that won't spill a drop of the coffee during the conversion.
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