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NASA's role in life raft design

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. In the rare instance of a raft capsizing, the same features that ensure its initial stability also make the raft self-righting.

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