Elon Musk shares video of 'kid-size' submarine for Thai cave rescue

Anna Jefferson
July 9, 2018

The tech leader, along with SpaceX and Boring Company engineers, have been working with cave experts in Thailand to rescue the boys' soccer team of 12 that's been stuck in a cave system since June 23.

Engineers from SpaceX and The Boring Company are in Thailand assisting the government's rescue mission.

"Construction complete in about 8 hours, then 17 hour flight to Thailand", Musk tweeted just before noon, California time.

If Musk's past social media updates are any indication of what's to come, we have faith he'll keep us all posted about the submarine's progress. He's promising that the sub would be "extremely robust" - small enough to get through the tight cave network, and light enough to be carried by two divers.

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"With some mods, this could also work as an escape pod in space", SpaceX's billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, said today in a series of tweets sharing the team's progress.

While the oxygen level had stabilised, he warned levels of "carbon dioxide are another factor" in considering when to move the group - in addition to impending rains which could cover much of the muddy ledge on which the group are sheltering.

Musk previously proposed using a double-layer Kevlar pressure pod or a long inflatable air sock to penetrate the narrow passageways and provide a rescue conduit.

So far, around 1,000 people have got involved in the rescue operations, including navy divers, military personnel and civilian volunteers, as reported by the BBC.

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Musk's company, Boring Co, which digs tunnels for transport systems and has advanced ground-penetrating radar, is being utilised to help rescue the team.

Mr Musk's tunnelling startup Boring Co could potentially make available its massive drills or excavation expertise, but such an approach could be too risky for this mission.

There are already dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and worldwide experts trying to find a way to save the 12 boys and their soccer coach at the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where Musk is sending the engineers.

The boys became trapped in the cave two weeks ago after water rose and cut them off.

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