'Boaty McBoatface, ' so-called because of an online poll conducted past year, is about to embark on its maiden voyage to Antarctica and the internet isn't quite sure what to make of it. Despite Boaty McBoatface winning a public vote as the name for a new polar research ship, the vessel will in fact be known as RRS Sir David Attenborough.
This week, the sub will set out on its maiden voyage aboard the James Clark Ross-a large boat-to explore a deep current running between between Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
Boaty McBoatface - which is actually a single name for a trio of torpedo-shaped robots - came out on top when the United Kingdom government launched a public poll to find a new moniker for a new polar research ship.
Boaty McBoatface has all the bells and whistles one could ever ask for in a remote-controlled underwater research submarine: the ability to travel under ice, transmit data to its mothership, and reach depths of almost 20,000 feet. The British government pooh-poohed the idea, suggesting it wasn't "suitable" for the grand vessel later named after the famed English naturalist David Attenborough. The public voted to call it Boaty McBoatface but the council was not impressed. "Establishing the causes of this warming is important because the warming plays an important role in moderating the ongoing (and likely future) increases in atmospheric temperature and sea level around the globe", says Alberto Naveira Garabato, the expedition research lead and an ocean scientist with the University of Southampton.
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"These machines can all be configured slightly differently depending on the science tasks they are given".
Boaty will depart from Punta Arenas in Chile on March 17.
And as for Boaty's next big adventure, Britain's National Oceanography Center hopes the sub can make the first under-ice crossing of the Arctic, BBC reported, a novel feat slated for 2018 or 2019. According to The Guardian, a full-size, inflatable version of the submersible will "travel to events across the country".