Boaty McBoatface can navigate waters for multiple months and its first mission will last through April.
Boaty is expected to leave for Antarctica at the end of the week. Embarassed officials rejected that choice and instead named the £200 million ship after famous naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
While Boaty McBoatface was chosen in the online poll, the Natural Environment Research Council dismissed it.
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.
Nearly one year on from the Boaty McBoatface palaver, we look back at what happened, and when the pioneering science ship will set sail.
The name has been given to the robotic vessel, but as for RRS (Royal Research Ship) Sir David Attenborough, work to complete her continues.
Killjoy Science Minister Jo Johnson decided the name wasn't appropriate Why wasn't the ship called Boaty McBoatface?
Engineers from the NOC will assist the team of researchers to assess water flow and underwater turbulence in the Orkney Passage, a region of the Southern Ocean around 3,500m deep and roughly 500 miles from the Antarctic Peninsula.
In a deeply unpopular move, the NERC deemed the victor a "brilliant name" but nonetheless opted to call the vessel the "RRS David Attenborough", the fifth-place result.
Boaty McBoatface will travel through the cold abyssal current that forms a key part of the worldwide circulation of ocean water.
The first of the Boaties departs from Punta Arenas, Chile on Friday aboard the polar ship the RSS James Clark Ross.
"We know that a major driver of the abyssal ocean warming, at least in the Atlantic Ocean, is changes in winds over the Southern Ocean", noted lead scientist Alberto Naveira Garabato from the University of Southampton in a statement. Shifting winds off Antarctica may increase such turbulence, the university said, sucking in heat from shallower ocean layers and sending it toward the Equator to affect climate change.
The National Oceanography Centre, which developed the fleet of marine robots, has also created a cartoon likeness of Boaty to help tell the story of ocean exploration to children.