GIDDINGS AND NASA JOIN FORCES
Giddings Machine Company was blessed with the opportunity to work with NASA in designing a soil sampling machine to be used in the 2020 Mars mission. We were contacted by Senior project Engineer Joseph J. Kosmo of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.
He stated that he and his staff had researched all of the soil sampling equipment available and concluded that the Giddings design would best suit their needs. They purchased our #5-UV / MGSRPSUV model, which would be used as a test unit at sites in Arizona & Utah by the astronauts in their suits. This would help to determine a final design that NASA would build to take on the mission. He stated that on the moon they had only taken surface samples but with Mars they wanted to take 2 meter deep samples of the red planet.