We all laughed when Elon Musk’s offer of a submarine was rebuffed. However, it now seems that the Thai government will find a use for it. They didn’t say when.
Earlier this week, we lost the plot when Elon Musk lost the plot. The Thai government decided to say ไม่เป็นไรขอบคุณ (no thanks – Ed), they didn’t need his submarine, and thusly, they didn’t need him. So, laugh we did.
The fact that Elon Musk’s first instinct was to build a submarine instead of paying the wages and damages of the volunteers already successfully rescuing those kids is an example of how good innovation requires listening to users.
— Annalee (@leeflower) 10 July 2018
The important part of the story, of course, was the unexpected rescue of all 13 kids from the Tham Luang Cave. The less-important part was the post-script, as the Thai rescue chief called Elon’s device “not practical” for the operation.
Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk hopes this escape pod could be used to help rescue the boys stuck in a cave in Thailand. He says the pod — or “kid-size submarine” — is en route to Thailand. https://t.co/5r80GBwgLd pic.twitter.com/qDHcwkFkKQ
— CNN (@CNN) 9 July 2018
However, a silver lining to this true lump of internet coal, as it seems the Thai military may now find use of Elon’s white elephant.
SpaceX team met w/ Admiral Apakorn Youkongpaew and members of Thai Navy yesterday in CEI to train them on the mini-submarine. Navy believes it could be helpful and practical in future rescue efforts and will conduct further testing in Bangkok in the near future. pic.twitter.com/oJuVAAO7js
— Than R. (@thanr) 12 July 2018
The important thing to note is that they didn’t say when exactly.