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

The Sir David Attenborough polar research vessel also known as ‘Boaty McBoatface’ is making its maiden voyage
The Sir David Attenborough polar research vessel also known as ‘Boaty McBoatface’ is making its maiden voyage
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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.

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"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.


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