UPDATE: R/V Sikuliaq Launch

Written by on October 14, 2012 in Technology
R/V Sikuliaq. Photo credit: Val Ihde Photography, NSF.

R/V Sikuliaq. Photo credit: Val Ihde Photography, NSF.

Yesterday, the National Science Foundation (NSF) successfully launched its new ship, the R/V Sikuliaq (pronounced see-KOO-lee-ack).

R/V Sikuliaq is one of the most advanced research vessels in the world,” said NSF Director Subra Suresh.  “Its capabilities to operate in extreme ecosystems will serve the science and engineering research communities for decades to come, while providing opportunities for educators and students to learn first-hand about the Arctic environment.”

The name Sikuliaq (an Inupiat word meaning “young sea ice”) “reflects both our Alaska heritage as well as our focus on arctic research,” explained University of Alaska, Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers.

Sikuliaq is scheduled to depart on its first science mission in 2014.

To learn more:


Video credit UAF/NSF.

Copyright © 2012 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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