Blog Post #383:  Thai cave rescue – with a kid-sized submarine!!!

Blog Post #383:  Thai cave rescue – with a kid-sized submarine!!!

Taken from:  https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/08/us/elon-musk-thai-cave-rescue/index.html

I don’t think Elon Musk sleeps!!  So with everything else he is involved with, he is also working on ideas to rescue the Thailand soccer team that is in a flooded cave and may not be able to get out.  One of his companies is the Boring Company (that notably is working on boring a tunnel from O’Hare airport to downtown Chicago). That company could bore into the caves – but it would take some time to get the equipment to Thailand – and to build the tunnel / bore into the cave.

The article states: “Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk shared photos and videos of a metallic pod that may help rescue a group of boys trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Footage shared on Musk’s Twitter account shows a group testing the device in a Los Angeles high school swimming pool.

“Musk said in a tweet Sunday evening that the pod — or “kid-size submarine” — was en route to Thailand and would arrive in about 17 hours.

“Hopefully useful,” he said in one tweet. “If not, perhaps it will be in a future situation.”

“His updates came after US and Thai officials confirmed Sunday that four boys had been rescued from a flooded cave network after spending 15 days trapped along with their soccer team and coach. They were escorted out by a group of Thai and international divers.

“Eight boys and the coach remain trapped, and the ordeal has been a closely watched news story around the globe.”

So a kid-sized submarine to get the boys out just might do the trick.  (More conventional ideas just seemingly are taking too long (with monsoon rains on the way).  

The article goes on: “Musk explained the metal tube would be “light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps” in the cave, and “extremely robust.”

If so, this is a pretty exciting use of technology.  Let’s hope this works.

 

Posted by Bruce White

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