Elon Musk and his SpaceX team are striving to help 12 young soccer players and their coach as they are trapped in a cave in Thailand due to rising floodwaters. The engineers from his rocket company, SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, California are designing a tiny, kid-size submarine that uses the liquid oxygen tube. It is a lightweight submarine that can be easily carried by two divers and it is small enough to get through any narrow gaps.
The construction of the vehicle will be completed in 8 hours as tweeted by Elon Musk. After the construction is completed and the prototype is successfully tested, it will be sent via a flight to Thailand for the rescue mission. The submarine has segmented compartments to adjust buoyancy.
Musk has tweeted that both SpaceX and Boring Company (his much newer tunnel boring company) will send engineers to Thailand today to see how help could be provided to the players stuck there.
As reported in the New York Times, it is difficult to map cave complexity to its full capacity as it features different waterways that don’t appear to be directly linked. Rescuing them is critical, and the previous rescue attempts have already led to one fatality. As efforts continue to retrieve the group, let us hope that the mission is successfully accomplished!