The eccentric SpaceX and Tesla CEO wants to help fight the recent COVID-19 pandemic, offering to manufacture new respirators for people afflicted with the virus. “We will build respirators in the event of a shortage,” says Musk via Twitter on Wednesday 18 March.
How many respirators could be made? A user asks on Twitter. “Tesla manufactures cars with sophisticated hvac systems [riscaldamento, ventilazione e aria condizionata]. SpaceX manufactures spacecraft with life support systems. Fans are not difficult, but they cannot be produced instantly“replies the billionaire.
This exchange of tweets has certainly attracted the attention of many people, such as the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio who wrote: “Our country is facing a drastic shortage and we need fans soon – we will need thousands in this city in the coming weeks. We are trying to get them as fast as possible but we could use your help! We are contacting you directly.“
Musk appears to be closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic. This would not be the first time that the billionaire has used the company’s resources to solve a high profile international problem. In 2018, for example, SpaceX engineers, Tesla and The Boring Co., built a miniature submarine to help save a trapped youth soccer team in a flooded cave in Thailand.