Unmanned exploration sub named 'Boaty McBoatface' preparing for first expedition

EMBARGOED UNTIL 6AM MON MARCH 13TH *** The submersible Boaty McBoatface. See National News story NNBOATY The controversially named submersible Boaty Mc Boatface is set to dive into the freezing abyss on its first Antarctic mission. The unma
The controversially named submersible is set to dive into the freezing abyss this month
Author

16 March, 2017

But the name did not go down with the ship, and a different mini-submarine that has been dubbed "Boaty McBoatface" is now heading out on its first mission to the Antarctic. To assist them, the scientists will use an autonomous submarine that was famously named Boaty McBoatface by the collective genius of the internet.

The supremely silly name "Boaty McBoatface" ran away with the vote, but cooler minds chose to name the vessel "RRS Sir David Attenborough" after the popular naturalist and television presenter.

A miniature yellow submarine was dubbed Boaty McBoatface a year ago after 124,000 people voted for that to be the name of a new ship built by the Britain's Natural Environment Research Council.

Clearly horrified at the thought of having to give its lovely new vessel such a daft name, the NERC reminded everyone that it would have the final say. More than 124,000 people voted for Boaty McBoatFace, but they ultimately made a decision to name it RRS Sir David Attenborough after the British naturalist and broadcaster.

Boaty is to depart Punta Arenas in Chile on 17 March with the DynOPO (Dynamics of Orkney Passage Outflow) expedition.

French elections: Fran├žois Fillon under formal investigation
She has described the move as "part of the system that wants to stop the French people's candidate that I am". The independent centrist candidate is categorically not involved in the investigation.

Durban looses rights to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games
But the BBC report that Durban are about to bow out leaving the way clear for another option with Liverpool a prime candidate to step in.

AJ Bouye signing with the Jaguars, per report
Bouye's agent informed the franchise the day free agency officially began that he would not be returning to the Lone Star State . What would signing Bouye mean for Prince Amukamara ? The contact expectations for Bouye are unknown at this point.

"We will measure how fast the streams flow, how turbulent they are, and how they respond to changes in winds over the Southern Ocean".

Scientists from the University of Southampton and the British Antarctic Survey will launch Boaty into what the survey group describes as "some of the deepest and coldest abyssal ocean waters on Earth".

It seems that Boaty the submarine has a long future ahead of it, it will attempt the first-ever crossing of the Arctic Ocean under ice, which has the potential to deliver a significant change in scientists' ability to observe change in this vital region.

The U.K.'s National Oceanography Centre has even come up with a cartoon version of Boaty McBoatface to get kids interested in marine research, and, according to the Guardian, is also creating a large inflatable of Boaty that'll publicize its work at special events around Britain.


More news


  • Preet Bharara Fired by Trump Team After Refusing to Resign

    Andrew Cuomo. "The way the Obama administration handled it was appropriate and respectful and classy", he said. Preet Bharara took to Twitter to announce his firing yesterday afternoon. "I did not resign", he said.
    RadioShack Wants To Close Somewhere Between 530 And All Of Its Stores

    RadioShack Wants To Close Somewhere Between 530 And All Of Its Stores

    But, in the years since RadioShack has emerged from bankruptcy, both Sprint and RadioShack have been challenged. This will leave it with 1,300 stores still open and it plans to evaluate what to do with these locations.

    Hawks' Dennis Schroder sounds off toward coach after being benched

    As Schroder and Howard debated about what went wrong, Stephen Curry quickly dribbled down the court and buried a 3-pointer. On consecutive Hawks possessions in the final minute, he spruced up his Defensive Player of the Year resume.
  • Things to Watch For at Donald Trump's Meeting With Angela Merkel

    Things to Watch For at Donald Trump's Meeting With Angela Merkel

    President Barack Obama had labelled Merkel his "closest worldwide partner", there has been little known contact between the German leader and Trump since he took office.
    Hailing 'Israeli genius,' PM congratulates Mobileye on Intel deal

    Hailing 'Israeli genius,' PM congratulates Mobileye on Intel deal

    Mobileye and Intel already are collaborating with BMW on a project that will see the production of 40 self-driving test cars. Mobileye brings the industry's best automotive-grade computer vision and strong momentum with automakers and suppliers.
    NY Decreases Position in Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (DKS)

    NY Decreases Position in Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (DKS)

    Meeder Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Dicks Sporting Goods during the third quarter valued at $138,000. However, a tiresome fourth quarter guidance hinted at a weaker-than-expected holiday season - toning down investors' optimism.
  • But why?

    But why? "Clear Knee Mom Jeans" baffle online shoppers

    That being said, others were more open-minded and supported the clear knee style saying, "Can someone buy these for me please". Have you ever wanted to wear a pair of jeans that show off your kneecaps? If you can't resist you can get a pair here .
    Appleton gas prices fall slightly last week

    Appleton gas prices fall slightly last week

    The supervisor at this station said they dropped their prices because a competitor across the street kept lowering theirs. Nearby, drivers in Pinellas County were paying an average of $2.13, with those in Hillsborough slightly higher at $2.15.
    Heaviest Woman's Surgery To Reduce Weight A Success

    Heaviest Woman's Surgery To Reduce Weight A Success

    Abd El Aty was flown to India on 11 February after her sister approached Lakdawala, a specialist weight-loss surgeon, in October. Doctors suspect that her obesity is linked to one or multiple genes of the 91 which are known to be connected to obesity.
  • Winter Storm Impacts Flights at Lambert Airport

    Winter Storm Impacts Flights at Lambert Airport

    US airlines have scrapped about 5,400 flights Tuesday as a late-winter storm dumps snow on some of the nation's busiest airports. All American flights out of Boston's Logan Airport on Tuesday also were canceled with plans to resume operationsWednesday.
    Convicted In 2012 Maruti Manesar Plant Violence

    Convicted In 2012 Maruti Manesar Plant Violence

    Administration had imposed Section 144 in the district court premises and within 500 metres of the Maruti Suzuki plant in Manesar. The violence had left Maruti Suzuki Human Resource Department General Manager Ashwin Kumar Dev dead and over 50 persons injured.
    Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep to star in Steven Spielberg film 'The Post'

    Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep to star in Steven Spielberg film 'The Post'

    Several other newspapers also eventually printed portions of the Pentagon Papers . Fox and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment will co-finance the project.