Monday 13 March 2017 9:12 am

Boaty McBoatface is go: The little yellow sub is heading to Antarctica on its first mission


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I'm City A.M.'s award-winning technology editor, covering everything from happenings at Apple and Google to the latest London startup. In particular fintech, blockchain, artifical intelligence, driverless cars, virtual reality and the sharing economy get me out of bed in the morning. I'm always trying to illustrate stories with pictures of dogs. Sometimes with some success. I was named technology journalist of the year at the UK Tech Awards.

Boaty McBoatface, the nation's favourite name for sea-faring vessels that launched a thousand naming contests, is go.

Yes, the moniker may have been sidelined for one eliciting more gravitas, with the £200m polar research vessel being named RRS Sir David Attenborough in the end after a very amusing naming contest you might remember

But, a little yellow unmanned submarine was instead named Boaty McBoatface in honour of the public vote, and it's about to venture into the big wide world for the first time.


Read more: Work starts today on the £200m ship almost known as Boaty McBoatface

The intrepid sub is part of a fleet that will be sent to delve for information on the Orkney Passage Outflow, a flow which makes its way from Antarctica and through the Southern Ocean, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) say.

As for the actual boat, NERC say work is continuing on building it in Birkenhead, with "splashdown" expected early next year and sailing off into the sunset in 2019.

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