World Elon Musk's mini-sub was 'not practical' for Thailand cave rescue

00:31  11 july  2018
00:31  11 july  2018 Source:   engadget.com

Elon Musk's representatives are talking with Thai authorities to help the soccer team that's trapped in a cave

  Elon Musk's representatives are talking with Thai authorities to help the soccer team that's trapped in a cave <p>Thai authorities and representatives for Elon Musk are discussing the possibility of using resources from Musk's companies to help rescue the boys' soccer team that is trapped in a cave, Bloomberg first reported.</p>A representative for Musk confirmed the discussions to Business Insider.

Elon Musk has been told that the mini - submarine he built to help with the cave rescue in Thailand is not needed. Just returned from Cave 3. Mini - sub is ready if needed. It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids’ soccer team.

Elon Musk has suggested strategies for rescuing 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thai cave . Greg Moore, a regional director for the National Cave Rescue Commission, said most rescues prompt a series of newfangled ideas that are not necessarily practical .

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The Thai cave rescue is over, with all 12 boys and their coach safely above ground. Elon Musk's miniature submarine clearly arrived too late. However, it's now clear that it wouldn't have seen use regardless. In the last few hours of the operation, joint command center lead Narongsak Ostanakorn told Musk that his tech was "good and sophisticated," but that it was "not practical" for the rescue. While officials haven't provided detailed reasoning, a look at the logistics of the rescue might explain why.

Observers have noted that the escape path was not only far from straight, but included choke points (the narrowest was just under 15 inches high) and a rocky above-water segment. The sub (based on a Falcon 9 liquid oxygen transfer tube) would have been a tight fit, assuming it fit at all, and divers would have needed to lug it through the above-water section.

Elon Musk Thinks a Minisubmarine Could Help in Thai Cave Rescue

  Elon Musk Thinks a Minisubmarine Could Help in Thai Cave Rescue The billionaire whose companies make electric cars and rockets has mused on ways to save 12 boys and their soccer coach from the flooded depths of the cave.Engineers from companies led by Elon Musk, the billionaire known for outside-the-box ideas like his aspiration to colonize Mars, were en route to Thailand on Saturday to offer their expertise to help rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand.

Billionaire SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted at the weekend to say he was working with cave experts to build a mini submarine out of rocket parts that he thought could help a rescue effort to free 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for weeks in a flooded underground cave complex in Thailand .

Elon Musk rubbishes claims his tiny submarine was " not practical " for Thai cave rescue . But Musk said he has left the " mini - sub ", which he named Wild Boar after the stranded youth football team, at the caves in Thailand "in case it may be useful in the future".

As for Musk? He left the mini-sub at the site in case it was "useful in the future" (this was before everyone had surfaced) and has since congratulated the rescuers. It's easy to imagine him feeling crestfallen, though. Whatever you think of the motivations behind the sub design, all the effort behind it didn't amount to much. The successful rescue is also a reminder that more technology isn't always the best solution -- sometimes human ability and resolve are enough.

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