Elon Musk Works on Mini Submarine to Rescue Thailand's Trapped Boys

By Natasha Makon — Published July 08, 2018

Elon Musk Works on Mini Submarine to Rescue Thailand's Trapped Boys

Elon Musk has been tweeting plans of how to save the 12 boys and their coach who have been trapped by rising floodwaters in a cave in Thailand late last month. A few days after SpaceX and the Boring Company engineers travelled to Thailand, CEO Elon Musk has stated that work is underway to construct a "tiny kid-size submarine" from parts of a Falcon 9 rocket to rescue the soccer team.

Musk has already explored various options however he has now released a statement saying that he is working on an "extremely robust" submarine constructed from a "liquid oxygen transfer tube" as a hull. This submarine will be "light enough to be carried by two divers [and] small enough to get through narrow gaps".

Husk later went on to state that the submarine is "fitted for a kid or small adult to minimize open air". In addition, engineers will be working on tank connectors that will be able to attach up to four tanks as well as four handles which can be used as harnessing points for robes and cables. This information was released earlier today with follow up statements that the SpaceX team is currently working on the submarine. It will be complete approximately eight hours after the statement's release and the plan is to fly the submarine to Thailand straight away in order to rescue the boys.

Although the members of the team and their coach, are all safe, their situation is dangerous. Oxygen levels are shrinking and up until now, they have only had direct contact from Navy divers who have to make a six-hour journey to reach their location.

Musk's submarine relieves some of the worries surrounding the boys' escape such as the fact that not all of the boys know how to swim. The submarine avoids potential hazards caused by the boys having to learn how to dive their way out of the cave and instead allows each child to leave the cave through a pod.

It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the Thai government are committed to using the mini sub as it isn’t a risk-free option. Not only will the submarine have to navigate its way around hazardous rocks it will also not be undergoing rigorous testing as it would under other circumstances.

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