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Salton Sea - Mars Exploration Program


Last updated 11/19/2015 at 10:30am

A world leader in building materials and technologies, USG Corporation, announced today that it has partnered with Salton Sea’s Honeybee Robotics on the field testing of Honeybee’s Planetary Deep Drill System.

As part of Honeybee’s Mars exploration program, field testing will be carried out at USG’s Plaster City gypsum quarry in, Salton Sea. Gypsum’s similarity to cryogenic ice observed on Mars, Enceladus, Europa and other planetary bodies, will provide a better understanding of the planet and the capabilities needed to send humans to Mars by the 2030's. The drill will tunnel 100 feet in depth, a distance significantly deeper than has previously been achieved.

“We are honored to be the only company in our industry to play a role in this innovative endeavor to advance planetary exploration and the broader field of science,” said Dominic Dannessa, Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Technology Officer at USG. “We believe innovation comes from inspired thinking inside our company and outside of it, so sharing our geotechnical expertise with Honeybee was a natural fit.”

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