Elon Musk Thinks a Minisubmarine Could Aid in Thai Cave Rescue
Engineers from companies led by Elon Musk, the billionaire known for outdoors-the-box suggestions like his aspiration to colonize Mars, had been en route to Thailand on Saturday to supply their expertise to aid rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand.
The engineers had been sent from Tesla, Mr. Musk&rsquos electric automobile business SpaceX, his rocket firm and the Boring Organization, which specializes in tunneling and building, a Boring Organization spokesman said.
There are two or three engineers on the ground in Thailand, with more on the way, the spokesman mentioned. He stated representatives from the organizations had been in discussions with the Thai government about how they could aid.
Divers began a rescue mission on Sunday morning that could continue for numerous days, mentioned its commander, Narongsak Osottanakorn.
On Twitter, Mr. Musk has mused about prospective inventions that could help the trapped soccer group, which includes a miniature submarine made from part of a SpaceX rocket.
Edgar Choueiri, a professor at Princeton University who specializes in rocket investigation, said Mr. Musk&rsquos submarine thought recommended that he imagined the Falcon rocket&rsquos hollow transfer tube &mdash which assists move liquid oxygen to fuel the rocket&rsquos engine &mdash would be the proper size to transfer the boys out of the flooded cave.
&ldquoI would never ever bet against Elon Musk,&rdquo Mr. Choueiri stated.
Other individuals have been not as confident.
Greg Moore, a regional director for the National Cave Rescue Commission, mentioned most rescues prompt a series of newfangled ideas that are not necessarily sensible. Mr. Musk&rsquos submarine would likely have problems fitting by means of the narrowest passageways, he mentioned.
Earlier, Mr. Musk had recommended a nylon tube that would inflate like a bouncy castle to type an underwater air tunnel.
The boys have been trapped in the cave for ten days before a group of cave divers discovered them alive last week. Rescuers are worried about diminishing oxygen levels in the cavern exactly where they have taken refuge, as properly as monsoon rains that could push water levels even higher.
On Friday, a former Thai Navy SEAL lost consciousness and died while putting oxygen canisters on a route inside the cave being used in the rescue work.
This is not Mr. Musk&rsquos initial foray into emergency help. In the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which resulted in devastating energy outages, Tesla provided batteries to help maintain the lights on.
Published at Sun, 08 Jul 2018 05:18:47 +0000