Parker's Aerospace Technology Takes America's Cup Racing Teams to New Heights

Flying above the water

Supporting ORACLE TEAM USA and SoftBank Team Japan with hydraulic system expertise
Parker Hannifin is an official innovation partner for ORACLE TEAM USA and SoftBank Team Japan. Parker is designing, manufacturing, and implementing the hydraulic control systems on 
the teams' racing yachts. Applying aerospace technology and using components from across Parker will take yacht racing to a new level helping SoftBank Team Japan pursue and ORACLE TEAM USA defend the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda this May and June. 
These racing platforms are as similar to airplanes as they are boats. The almost 50-foot hydrofoiling catamarans "fly" above the water at high speeds. Precise control systems are critical, stabilizing the boat as it takes flight across the water. Parker is playing a key role in the design of the racing yachts:
  • Parker's hydraulic actuation control system helps the boat achieve stability as it lifts onto its foils and accelerates
  • Parker is applying decades of experience in flight control and motion control systems to competitive yacht racing
  • Nearly every control surface on the boats has evolved from lines and winches to hydraulics produced by Parker
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Pushing the limits of what is possible on the water
Watch this video to learn how Parker is playing a key role in the design of the ORACLE TEAM USA 2017 racing yacht:
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