Boaty McBoatface - the yellow submarine - submerges to explore the depths

Boaty McBoatface - the yellow submarine - submerges to explore the depths

Boaty McBoatface - the yellow submarine - submerges to explore the depths

The remotely operated underwater research vessel will be undertaking its first research mission as part of an Antarctic expedition that starts Friday, NPR reports.

After braving a hotly contested voting process, the internet's favorite submarine Boaty McBoatface is about to take on "some of the deepest and coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth", NPR reports.

While we're big fans of the name that the officials actually approved - they named the ship after the iconic broadcaster Sir David Attenborough - a compromise was reached whereby an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) was christened with the name that the public loved so much.

About a year after an online competition came up with the unique name, Boaty is making its way to Antarctica.

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When scientists asked the public to name a £200million, they thought it would be a nice idea, but one comedy suggestion sent the plan way off course, and a little yellow submarine ended up with a new name.

Engineers from the NOC will assist the team of researchers to assess water flow and underwater turbulence in the Orkney Passage, a region of the Southern Ocean around 3,500m deep and roughly 500 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula.

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The RRS Sir David Attenborough is still under construction. "It will "'fly' through submarine waterfalls and rapids, shedding light on how global warming is changing our oceans", the NERC said.

When the former BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hand jokingly suggested Boaty McBoatface, it quickly became the most popular choice and the name won the vote by a huge majority. Once there, Boaty will go back and forth through a deep current of bottom water, measuring the intensity of underwater turbulence. "More recently we have been pioneering the development and use of long range underwater and unmanned surface vehicles".

"We will measure how fast the streams flow, how turbulent they are, and how they respond to changes in winds over the Southern Ocean", Professor Naveira said in a recent interview.

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