Elon Musk shares video of 'kid-size' submarine for Thai cave rescue

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Elon Musk may be on track to becoming a key player in rescuing a Thai boys' soccer team that has been trapped in a flooded cave for several days.

The Thai engineer wrote that he had helped connect Musk's companies with the Thai government.

"Elon Musk will send his team to Thailand tomorrow (7th July) to help in cave rescue".

Boitano weighs in on the rescue efforts. "Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try", Musk tweeted on Saturday.

On Saturday, Musk tweeted that he was interested in designing "a tiny, kid-sized submarine" that would be "light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps".

If Musk's past social media updates are any indication of what's to come, we have faith he'll keep us all posted about the submarine's progress.

He said he was also making an "inflatable tube with airlocks", which was "less likely to work, given tricky contours".

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The boys were discovered alive nine days after being declared missing, and rescuers are now racing against time to get them out.

Musk said his Boring Co, which digs tunnels for advanced transport systems, had advanced ground penetrating radar, and suggested an air tunnel constructed with soft tubing like a Bouncy Castle could provide flexible passage out.

It is not yet known whether SpaceX will use taxpayer funding to assist the Thai rescue effort, or if Musk is funding the mission himself.

The operation to rescue 12 boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand kicked off early on Sunday, a couple hours after Musk had predicted his project would be complete and nearly a day earlier than he said he would be able to bring the sub to Thailand.

After venturing deep into the network of tunnels some two weeks ago, the group found themselves trapped as water levels started to rise. The group is now the focus of the global rescue teams.

In addition to sending assistance, he's been brainstorming ideas for how to improve conditions in the incredibly complex cave system where the boys and their coach are trapped.