Thu. Dec 1st, 2022
Elon Musk.

Elon Musk.

Elon Musk sends a team of engineers to Thailand to see if they can help authorities racing to rescue a dozen boys and their coach stranded in a cave there.

“Engineers from SpaceX & Boring Co are going to Thailand tomorrow to see if we can help the government”, Musk tweeted just after midnight, California time, on Thursday night. “There are probably a lot of complexities that are hard to appreciate without being there in person.”

“Boring Co has advanced ground-penetrating radar and is quite good at digging holes,” Musk wrote in a statement previous tweet on Thursday.

The boys, ages 11 to 16, are members of a local soccer team that was on a field trip with a coach. Due to heavy rain, they were stranded in the cave two weeks ago. Their disappearance sparked a massive search and rescue operation that managed to locate the group nine days after their disappearance.

But this discovery didn’t mean the boys were out of danger. Continued rain can flood the part of the cave where they are stranded. And even if it doesn’t, it could take months for the water to drop enough for the boys to walk out. In their current situation, it is dangerous to provide the boys with food and medical care: a Thai naval diver has been killed carrying oxygen tanks to the cave.

Another option would be to give the boys scuba gear and let them swim out. But some guys can’t swim, and the narrow, winding cave and the long distances – about 5 km – is a big challenge for even the most experienced divers.

Musk spent Thursday night brainstorming ways to help the boys and suggested a different approach:

Musk responded to a tweet from James Yenbamroong, an American-trained aerospace engineer who returned to his native Thailand to start a satellite startup called mu Space Corp. delivered this image to illustrate the predicament of the boys:

James Yenbamroong

“The critical diameter of 70 cm has a length of 15 m,” Yenbamroong tweetednoting that this section is “2km from the entrance where the pumps should be.”

Musk elaborated on his plan in the following tweets:

Correction: I misidentified the nationality of the diver who died helping the boys. He was Thai.

By akfire1

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