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FLIP Ship Off San Diego California Pictures

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

 FLIP Ship Off San Diego California

The FLIP ship off San Diego California. FLIP stands for Floating Instrument Platform and is by any description a unique ocean vessel. Its really more of a barge which is towed to its research area. While under tow, it appears to be a cross between a ship and a submarine. Once on site, the stern section has tanks that once flooded allow FLIP to flip to a vertical orientation. This operation occurs with a crew onboard. You can imagine how interesting this must be as walls slowly become floors and floors become walls. It is then left to drift with sub-surface instruments recording data as it moves with the ocean currents.

FLIP is operated by Scripps Institute, for more information see the FLIP website.

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