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Futuristic Earth300 Exploration Vessel for Scientists, Experts, Students or Private Citizens

The flipping ship

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.  The FLIP ship is designed to study wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and for the collection of meteorological data.  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". You can see the process in this video: Even in stormy conditions, it is as stable as a fencepost, because most of its length lies in the untroubled waters beneath the waves. 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 th