The high-tech remote-operated yellow submarine will undergo its maiden voyage this week through a deep current that starts in Antarctica and goes through the Southern Ocean on a two month mission to collect data on how global warning affects oceans. The remotely operated submarine will depart on Friday aboard the James Clark Ross, a British polar research ship, from Punta Arenas, Chile, and will head to the Southern Ocean. It is hoped that Boaty will be able to make the first under-ice crossing of the Arctic Ocean.
The joke around the name started a year ago, when the Natural Environment Research Council, a British government agency, opened a public campaign to name a ship to replace the James Clark Ross, and the aforementioned Boaty McBoatface was the winner. However, the Science Ministry ignored the results of the poll and announced that the ship would be named after David Attenborough. British officials acknowledged the Boaty McBoatface phenomenon by bestowing the name on a remotely operated submarine that would accompany the David Attenborough in collecting data and samples.
While it's a bit of a laugh, the name alone will garner interest, and I hope to use this thread for updates on a serious scientific mission. Bon voyage.