Skip to main content

NASA, R.I. marine company collaborate on life rafts

In the December 2009 edition of its Spinoff publication, NASA describes its partnership with Givens Marine Survival of Tiverton, R.I., in creating the life raft used to retrieve astronauts who landed at sea.

The NASA-designed life raft is hydrodynamically stabilized and virtually impossible to capsize even in the strongest winds and seas.

The article also highlights:

* How the demands of retrieving astronauts at sea led to the development of the unique NASA design

* Description of the special stability and self-righting features of the raft

* The rigorous Coast Guard wind and wave tests given the Givens Buoy Life Raft

* The story of four sailors who survived a hurricane and 190 knot winds for more than 42 hours in a Givens Buoy Life Raft.

Click here to view the article.


AIM Marine Group Hosts Meet the Editors Event

More than a dozen editors from Active Interest Media’s Marine Group participated in the day-long, information-sharing event.

Fairline Makes Leadership Appointments

The British luxury boatbuilder founded plans to chart its course for the future with a new CEO and the return of Derek Carter as chairman.

Battle on the Great Lakes Rages On

The Icebreaker Wind Turbine Development faces strong headwinds from boating and fishing groups.

Limestone Boat Co. Expands Dealer Network

The company adds four new dealers to its roster, with three to represent Aquasport Boats.

NMEA Announces ‘22 Training Course Schedule

For next year, marine training courses will be offered as virtual and in-person sessions for basic marine electronics installers, and in-person only for advanced installers.

GM Invests $150M in Electric Boat Start-Up

General Motors has acquired a 25-percent stake in Pure Watercraft, a Seattle-based e-propulsion outfit.

Patrick Acquires Marine and RV Seating Maker

The Elkhart, Ind.-based component manufacturer finalized its purchase of Williamsburg Marine and Williamsburg Furniture.