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A permanent observatory in the "furious fifties"

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Why the POLAR POD ?

The idea was inspired by the FLIP, the drifting platform of the U.S. oceanographic fleet, still on active duty after 60 years serving research. Towed to its operating area in the horizontal position, it is "flipped" to the vertical position by filling the ballast tanks with sea water. The design of the Polar Pod is a synthesis between the experience of the U.S. FLIP and the floats technology for future offshore large wind turbines.

Technical features of the POLAR POD

With a height of 100 meters/330 feet and a weight of 720 tons, this platform is perfectly sized to face the biggest waves of the "furious fifties", as observed by satellite. Its rolling period being longer than the surge allows it not to resonate with the movements of the sea.

Jean-Louis Etienne - Polar Pod expedition