The LaCoste and Romberg straight-line gravity meter uses a new suspension in which the movable element moves vertically in a straight line rather than in an arc of a circle (LaCoste, 1973a). It was designed primarily for shipboard operation to avoid effects from cross coupling between various ship accelerations, thereby making it unnecessary to correct for such effects.The straight-line suspension is a modification of the zero length spring suspension used in all LaCoste and Romberg gravity meters. The new model also uses silicone fluid damping rather than the air damping used in earlier models. Its main advantages over the older models appear to be: it is (1) free of cross-coupling effects, (2) easier to build and adjust, (3) less subject to slight degradation in performance from rough handling, and (4) less sensitive to ship vibrations.In spite of the above advantages it is doubtful whether the new model will give substantially better accuracy than the previous models, if the previous models are kept in good operating condition by making occasional crosscorrelation analyses (LaCoste, 1973b). Valliant (1983, this issue) describes sea tests of the new instrument.