Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Elon Musk sends engineers to help Thai cave rescue

Elon Musk speaks at Boring Company community meeting in Bel Air Los Angeles Elon Musk speaks at Boring Company community meeting in Bel Air Los Angeles California
Melinda Barton | 07 July, 2018, 05:07

Musk said his Boring Co, which digs tunnels for advanced transport systems, had advanced ground penetrating radar, and suggested an air tunnel constructed with soft tubing like a Bouncy Castle could provide flexible passage out.

Musk, founder of the Boring Company, as well as the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX tweeted Thursday: "SpaceX & Boring Co engineers headed to Thailand tomorrow to see if we can be helpful to govt".

"Should create an air tunnel underwater against cave roof & auto-conform to odd shapes like the 70cm hole".

The billionaire offered support after Twitter users asked him if there was anything he could do.

It was revealed earlier this week that those trapped had been in the cave for several days and could not get out due to rising water levels - prompting a huge effort to save them.

According to the publication, Musk may offer Tesla's Powerwall home batteries or technology from SpaceX or The Boring Company to help locate and rescue the team, though Thai officials have not announced whether they will use Musk's resources.

There's no denying the rescue mission is a risky one, that was highlighted earlier today (July 6) when a former Navy Seal died after he ran out of oxygen 1.2 miles inside the underground system.

The reason for the shift is not clear, but Musk's tweets have driven business in the past.

Rescuers have been pumping water out of the cave with the goal of letting the boys walk out, rather than having to scuba dive. "Don't know if pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too small", he said.

As Musk himself notes, his back-of-the-envelope calculations might not fit the realities of the scenario, which is why his engineers are heading to the location in person.

He added that it could supply "fully charged Powerpacks and pumps" to aid authorities.