Elon Musk offers help for soccer team trapped in Thailand cave

Elon Musk offers help for soccer team trapped in Thailand cave

Musk hopes his engineers can join the already huge operation being carried out in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and worldwide experts are attempting to find a way to get the boys out. The Thai engineer wrote that he had helped connect Musk's companies with the Thai government. "Should create an air tunnel underwater against cave roof & auto-conform to odd shapes like the 70cm hole".

Authorities in Thailand have been in a race against heavy rains as they try to find a way to extract the group trapped for almost two weeks in the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand, a saga that has transfixed a nation.

The deeper stretches would need battery packs, air pumps, and tubes, he said.

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Any air sock or tube would have to be tough enough to withstand high water pressure - potentially two tons of force at a depth of 15 feet- and sharp rocks, said Douglas Hart, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Musk -- who runs multiple California-based companies, including SpaceX and Tesla -- said Friday that engineers on his staff would travel to Thailand to assess how they might help. They entered the cave during fine weather but became trapped when a sudden downpour flooded the narrow tunnels.

And on Twitter, he's also been offering outside-the-box ideas to help rescuers.

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Mr Musk's tunnelling start-up Boring could potentially make available its massive drills or excavation expertise, but such an approach could be too unsafe for this mission. A former Thai navy SEAL died early Friday while delivering oxygen tanks to the cave.

The rising water level in the cave is causing a drop in the oxygen levels, which is causing the boys to exhaust. "Don't know if pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too small", he said.

As of now, the latest update from Musk is that his team is in discussions with the cave experts in Thailand to design an escape pod. He began by touting Boring Company's "advanced ground penetrating radar" and suggested that if his tech could help, he could "dropshop fully charged Powerpacks and pumps".

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