Elon Musk creates ‘kid-size’ sub to help children trapped in a Thailand cave
Just Elon doing his part, per usual.
At the time of this writing, eight of the 11 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand have been saved. If more help is needed to save the final boys and their soccer coach, Tesla CEO Elon Musk might have the solution. His engineers have crafted a “kid-size submarine,” to assist, according to TNW.
According to the report,
The idea is to turn a “liquid oxygen transfer tube” from a SpaceX Falcon rocket into a submarine that would be light enough to navigate through narrow gaps in the complex cave system, and be carried by two divers. The submarine can fit a person inside with their arms crossed, so it can be used to safely extract the soccer team one at a time.
Take a look:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 8, 2018
Tests are being conducted LA highschool’s swimming pool and they seem to be going pretty well considering the time crunch.
Simulating maneuvering through a narrow passage pic.twitter.com/2z01Ut3vxJ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2018
In Thailand, the soccer team and their coach have been trapped since June 23 when torrential rainfall quickly flooded the cave they were in. To find dry land, the team had to move several kilometers inward. Although the team was found nine days later, it wasn’t until Sunday, July 8 when attempts to extract them began due to the dangerous conditions that saw one Navy SEAL assisting with the situation killed.
As we noted on Friday, it seems each new day brings more Elon Musk news.
Earlier last week, the CEO said his company was now making 7,000 vehicles per week, including 5,000 Model 3 units. In June, his The Boring Company was awarded a contract to build a high-speed train from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to downtown. In doing so, the amount it takes to move between the two location could go from 40 minutes to around 12 minutes.
What’s your favorite Musk news during the past few weeks? Let us know below.
For more Musk-related news, see:
- We could see a Tesla Model Y SUV as early as 2020
- Ol’ Musky is at it again, this time announcing his Boring Company tunnels are almost ready to use
- How the Tesla board meeting vote to keep Elon Musk as chairman probably went down