The Flipping Ship!

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The Flipping Ship!

Post by barra_on_fly » Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:19 pm

The FLIP research vessel (Floating Instrument Platform) is the only ship in the world having the ability to flip from a horizontal position to a vertical position while at sea.



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The FLIP ship is designed to study wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and for the collection of meteorological data.

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FLIP is 108 meters long and weighs 700 long tons. According to Alan Bellows
"when in horizontal traveling mode, the long, hollow ballast area trails behind. When it reaches the desired location, the "tail" is flooded until the nose sticks straight up into the air, taking about twenty-eight minutes to reach vertical position".

Even in stormy conditions, it is as stable as a fencepost, because most of its length lies in the untroubled waters beneath the waves.
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During the flip, the crew stand on the outside decks. Scientists and crewmembers literally walk up the walls to stay upright. Suddenly, the aft side of the barge becomes its floor. That makes for some ingenious engineering feats in equipping its bridge, galley, crew quarters and scientific laboratory. Even its head, or bathroom, had to be constructed to operate in a vertical and horizontal position.


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As you can see in the video, some of FLIP's furnishings are also built so they can rotate to a new position.


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Post by barra_on_fly » Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:18 am

:shock:
Not one comment in 2 months! :?: :?: :?:
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Post by Dave The Fot » Tue Jul 07, 2009 2:00 pm

Better hope they have good one way valves in their potty!

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Post by barra_on_fly » Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:35 am

:P

You'd be used to everything being flipped over! :wink:

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Post by Dave The Fot » Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:17 am

ooooooooooooohhh... aaahhhhhhhhhhhhh...

You know, baitcasting reels were designed for lefties.

Cast left handed, retrieve right handed... Never need to swap hands.

For once, all you righties are at a disadvantage!

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Post by barra_on_fly » Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:32 am

Dave The Fot wrote:ooooooooooooohhh... aaahhhhhhhhhhhhh...

You know, baitcasting reels were designed for lefties.

Cast left handed, retrieve right handed... Never need to swap hands.

For once, all you righties are at a disadvantage!
Last grab at straws by a wrong hander.... :lol:
We could always use left handed reels the same way :wink:
And we live longer... :D

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Post by Dave The Fot » Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:54 am

barra_on_fly wrote:
Dave The Fot wrote:ooooooooooooohhh... aaahhhhhhhhhhhhh...

You know, baitcasting reels were designed for lefties.

Cast left handed, retrieve right handed... Never need to swap hands.

For once, all you righties are at a disadvantage!
Last grab at straws by a wrong hander.... :lol:
We could always use left handed reels the same way :wink:
And we live longer... :D
Left handed baitcasters normally cost more. Just like left handed guitars!

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Post by barra_on_fly » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:14 am

Dave The Fot wrote:
barra_on_fly wrote:
Dave The Fot wrote:ooooooooooooohhh... aaahhhhhhhhhhhhh...

You know, baitcasting reels were designed for lefties.

Cast left handed, retrieve right handed... Never need to swap hands.

For once, all you righties are at a disadvantage!
Last grab at straws by a wrong hander.... :lol:
We could always use left handed reels the same way :wink:
And we live longer... :D

Left handed baitcasters normally cost more. Just like left handed guitars!
Sucks to be a lefty.. hahaha Oh look I can virtually get any guitar, reel or scissors any time I want!!

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