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Boaty McBoatface to go on first Antarctic mission!
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Boaty McBoatface to go on first Antarctic mission

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A small yellow robot submarine, called Boaty McBoatface after a competition to name a new polar research ship backfired, is being sent on its first Antarctic mission.

Boaty, which has arguably one of the most famous names in recent maritime history, is a new type of autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), which will be able travel under ice, reach depths of 6,000 metres, and transmit the data it collects to researchers via a radio link.

Its mission will be to investigate water flow and turbulence in the dark depths of the Orkney Passage, a 3.5km deep region of the Southern Ocean. The data it collects will help scientists understand how the ocean is responding to global warming.

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Boaty will travel with the DynOPO (Dynamics of the Orkney Passage Outflow) expedition on the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research ship James Clark Ross, departing from Punta Arenas in Chile on 17 March.
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Yippee McYippface!
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Ok, boaty mcboatface is actually pretty badass. I forgive Britain for not naming the ship.
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I wonder what features limited its pressure capability to 3000 meters? Does that get to deep sea floor pretty much everywhere? I feel like the are 6km seafloor areas that aren't trenches but don't remember offhand.
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It is 6,000 metres, not 3,000.

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...which will be able travel under ice, reach depths of 6,000 metres...

You might have got mixed up, because they say the Orkney Passage is only 3,500.
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ahh. thanks. read for comprehension I guess. Anyway, that's a pretty cool little device.
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A lot of these 'deep sea surveillance' missions are really for mapping the flows and topology so we might find ways to sneak our nuclear subs through some passes. 

But...go Boaty McBoatface!

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Nah. Nuclear subs don't go that deep. I don't even think they can go 1000 meters down.
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Actually, I should probably Google that but I know that the depth issue has been a major engineering problem since the beginning of submarines. In 1983-1986, the little research sub on the NOAA ship that ported in lake Union was about as good as there was short of a diving bell and it could only do about 1500 meters. I think it had to be controlled by cables attached to the ship. For chronological reasons, I don't remember perfectly. Also, I never got to see it actually deployed so I could have misunderstood even if I remember correctly. Anyway, I do remember that manned subs couldn't go that deep and possibly never would be able to.
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine_depth_ratings

Yeah. Nuclear subs don't go that deep.
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Watch out for Chinese ships trying to hijack Boaty.

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It's a dangerous ocean out there, boaty. Be safe and stay strong. :911:
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Wrong emoticon. Should be :britain:
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