The FLIP, or Floating Instrument Platform, was designed to study wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and to collect meteorological density. To do so, it’s the only ship that can flip from a horizontal to a vertical position while at sea. The bottom of the boat sticks so far into the water that even in stormy seas, everything stays stable and the instruments can get accurate readings. But what about things like bathrooms and walkways, you ask?
No problem, they’ve got that covered with a double dose of everything they’ll need both horizontally and vertically. Still don’t believe me? Watch: