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16 March 2017, 12:37 | Candice Butler
The minisub will study water flow off Chile National Oceanography Centre Press Association
A miniature yellow submarine was dubbed Boaty McBoatface previous year after 124,000 people voted for that to be the name of a new ship built by the Britain's Natural Environment Research Council. But to placate the masses, who had voted overwhelmingly to name the ship Boaty McBoatface, the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) named its new unmanned research sub after the crowd favorite.
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.
Boaty will map the movement of deep waters that play a critical role in regulating Earth's climate in the narrow, jagged, 11,000 feet-deep gap in an underwater ridge that extends northeast of the Antarctic Peninsula, known as the Orkney Passage.
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.
Boaty will depart from Punta Arenas in Chile on March 17.
The craft will travel through a cold abyssal current that forms a key part of the global circulation of ocean water.
BAS oceanographer and co-investigator Dr Povl Abrahamsen said: "The DynOPO project will provide us with a unique, high-resolution dataset combining moored and moving instruments, which will help us get to the bottom of the complex physical processes occurring in this important region".
'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.
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 cutting-edge sub can dive deep enough to reach 95% of the ocean, the U.K.'s National Oceanography Center reports.
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