“Boaty McBoatface” is finally ready to head out on its first mission and begin polar research in the Arctic Ocean.
If you were a little surprised by the name of this scientific vessel then don’t worry, you’re not alone. The submarine became famous after a naming campaign went viral for a research ship and sparked some interesting results. The United Kingdom Natural Environmental Research Council organized a poll that allowed for users to come up with names for the ship and then vote on their favorites. The name with the most votes would set the title for this $284 million project – and the rest is history.
Of course, you might notice the inconsistency due to the poll being used for a ship and not this submarine. Officials had blocked the name from being given to the ship and instead named it the Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough. The name was passed on to this submarine vessel so that it would be allowed to live on.
Although the name may sound fun the submarine has some serious journeys ahead of it. During this upcoming month they will start out the first mission, which will include riding along a current that starts out in Antarctica and runs down through the Southern Ocean. The submarine will be gathering data for the larger Dynamics of the Orkney Passage Outflow project, which is trying to learn about how global warming is currently impacting our oceans and what effects are to be expected in the upcoming future.
The submarine is going to be operated off of the RSS Sir David Attenborough that was originally going to have the Internet created name.