A few days ago we learned that a group of the best engineers from SpaceX and The Boring Company were coming to Thailand in order to help in the rescue missions of the footballer children and their trainer who had been trapped in the Tham Luang cave. Now, CEO Elon Musk, has just announced that they are building a mini-submarine with parts of Falcon 9 to exponentially increase rescue efforts.
Elon Musk yesterday tweeted about it. “(The submarine) must be light enough to be transported by 2 divers and small enough to traverse narrow gaps.”
Got more great feedback from Thailand. Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull. Light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2018
In addition, the CEO of SpaceX made it clear that the submarine would be complete in 8 hours since he posted the tweet below and it would take another 17 to reach Thailand with the help.
Well, can you get it done in time before the rains flood the cave-?
— Aiyana Skye (@aiyanaskye) July 7, 2018
Although the children are safe to date, the situation is still dangerous. The oxygen in the cave has been exhausted since they were trapped. Rescuers can put their lives at risk. Already the diver, Saman Gunan of the Thai Navy died Thursday in his attempt to bring air tanks to the children and their trainer.
Every day more efforts are added to the rescue of these children trapped in a cave in Thailand. At first, a dangerous plan was thought that could put the life of the rescuers at risk. However, since Elon Musk sent a group of his best engineers, the hopes were increasing.
Edit: The Thai government has already confirmed the rescue of 4 children until the moment this note was written.