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SpaceX engineers will build a “tiny” submarine to save schoolchildren in Thailand from caves

It will be produced from the shell of the Falcon missile and delivered to the teenagers in the shortest possible time.

Photos of Teslarati
Photos of Teslarati

Company SpaceX Elon Musk managed to agree a plan to save Thai students with the authorities of the country. Engineers will build a small submarine from the Falcon missile hull, which can accommodate two teenagers simultaneously. About this Musk told in his Twitter.

According to the entrepreneur, after the discussion, which involved SpaceX engineers, rescuers and experts, the idea with a miniature submarine was chosen as the “primary” way of saving schoolchildren.


“More good news from Thailand. The main way [of saving schoolchildren] is a tiny submarine of children’s sizes, using a pipe to move the liquid oxygen of the Falcon rocket as a hull. It is light enough to accommodate two divers and small enough to pass through narrow crevices. And still extremely strong ”
A submarine will be assembled from parts of the Falcon 9 missile. The entrepreneur noted that there will not be much free space in the submarine – only necessary to accommodate a small adult or child.

One of Twitter users asked Musk if the company will have time to build the device before the cave is completely flooded due to the rains. The entrepreneur said that SpaceX will complete the assembly within 8 hours and after a 17-hour flight the submarine will be in Thailand.

“The assembly will be completed in about 8 hours, then a 17-hour flight to Thailand”

The engineers of the company worked out several options for saving schoolchildren, one of them was an inflatable tube with built-in air locks. This idea Musk offered from the very beginning, but it is not known whether they refused from it in connection with the construction of a submarine.

A school football team from Thailand, along with the coach, disappeared in a Thai cave on June 23 because of a shower that flooded the exits. After 9 days the group was found by rescuers, all this time teenagers were without food.

Later it turned out that the students will not be able to get out of the cave in the near future: none of them can dive under water, and many do not even know how to just swim. In addition, the situation is complicated by zero visibility under water, strong current and narrow crevices: because of this, even professional divers hardly reach the group in six hours.

The Thai authorities first considered options for teaching schoolchildren to diving and supporting their food and supplies inside the cave before the end of the rainy season. However, in the air pocket where the adolescents are, there is no oxygen left – divers are constantly delivering it, and there is a risk of complete flooding.

July 6 Eon Musk, responding to a question from the user of Twitter, offered help to the Thai government. After that, he sent a team of engineers from his companies SpaceX and The Boring Company to the site to assess what they could do to help.

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