Elon Musk team sent to Thailand to help boys trapped in cave

The first two members of the engineering team dispatched by US billionaire Elon Musk are due to arrive in Thailand late on July 7 to help with efforts to rescue twelve  boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in the north of the country..

Another engineer was already in the country on holiday and six more are expected to land on July 8, Weerachon Sukhontapatipak, a spokesman for Thailand’s military government, said at a press briefing in Bangkok. They may provide help such as trying to drill a tunnel to save the group, he said.

The engineers are staff from Musk’s Boring Co., whose main mission is to dig tunnels for futuristic transport systems, and SpaceX, his space exploration company,

The 11- to 16-year-old boys, a soccer team, and their coach were found alive on July 2 in the Tham Luang Cave after going missing in a flooded network of caves. The rescue effort is being hampered by high water levels that are not expected to subside for weeks and their inability to swim, making the rescues efforts particularly trick.

Musk, who studied physics, has floated ideas on Twitter such as using a double-layer Kevlar pressure pod or a long nylon tube being inserted into the cave to inflate it with air “like a bouncy castle.” The tubes and pods are being built in the US, a spokesman said. Some equipment is traveling with the team and some will be express shipped.

Technicians could pump water through the cave and provide Tesla-made “Powerpack” battery packs to provide electricity to boost the pump rate, Musk said earlier this week.

Musk had already offered the Thai government his help earlier this week. Interestingly, there has been no official response by the government to his offer yet.

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The first two members of the engineering team dispatched by US billionaire Elon Musk are due to arrive in Thailand late on July 7 to help with efforts to rescue twelve  boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in the north of the country..

The first two members of the engineering team dispatched by US billionaire Elon Musk are due to arrive in Thailand late on July 7 to help with efforts to rescue twelve  boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in the north of the country..

Another engineer was already in the country on holiday and six more are expected to land on July 8, Weerachon Sukhontapatipak, a spokesman for Thailand’s military government, said at a press briefing in Bangkok. They may provide help such as trying to drill a tunnel to save the group, he said.

The engineers are staff from Musk’s Boring Co., whose main mission is to dig tunnels for futuristic transport systems, and SpaceX, his space exploration company,

The 11- to 16-year-old boys, a soccer team, and their coach were found alive on July 2 in the Tham Luang Cave after going missing in a flooded network of caves. The rescue effort is being hampered by high water levels that are not expected to subside for weeks and their inability to swim, making the rescues efforts particularly trick.

Musk, who studied physics, has floated ideas on Twitter such as using a double-layer Kevlar pressure pod or a long nylon tube being inserted into the cave to inflate it with air “like a bouncy castle.” The tubes and pods are being built in the US, a spokesman said. Some equipment is traveling with the team and some will be express shipped.

Technicians could pump water through the cave and provide Tesla-made “Powerpack” battery packs to provide electricity to boost the pump rate, Musk said earlier this week.

Musk had already offered the Thai government his help earlier this week. Interestingly, there has been no official response by the government to his offer yet.

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