I guess Google needed more space, and they found it at NASA owned Moffett Federal Airfield (home of Hangar One) in silicon valley of course. Planetary Ventures which is owned by Google recently made a 60 year (That’s right, 60 years) commitment to lease the NASA owned airfield for the sum of $1.16 Billion dollars US for that 60 year lease term.
Moffett Federal Airfield which is home of Hangar One which is one of the largest freestanding structures in the world (covering a whopping 8 acres) is something that when you first see is quite breathtaking. It’s massive size can be quite the sight, one which I have seen many times on trips to the south bay area. Moffett Federal Airfield is located just south of San Francisco and just north of San Jose making it close to the main facilities of Google.
Now Google hasn’t said exactly what they will use the airfield and the 3 giant hangars for but NASA has quoted that the airfield will be used for “research, development, assembly and testing in the areas or space exploration, aviation, rover/robotics and other emerging technologies”.
NASA is wanting to expand into space research and leasing Moffett Federal Airfield to Planetary Ventures / Google will provide them with some much needed income to help them fund their expansion and research. Space exploration is very expensive and by NASA adding over a Billion dollars to their long term budget helps keep their exploration growing and expanding.
The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have always had an interest in space and aviation and this long term lease of Moffett Federal Airfield shows their continued and growing interest in these fields. Google has already invested heavily into the robotics and satellite fields by acquiring firms that are working on those technologies.
Now Google has big plans for Moffett Federal Airfield with plans to create a educational facility on the airfield property where people can explore and learn about the site’s history and some of the technology that has gone into the airfield since it’s creation. I am sure though that some of the Google employees will be utilizing what I am sure will be a popular bonus feature, the existing golf course that is already on the airfield’s site. I wonder how many results it will return if you Google the word “Fore”? LOL
P.S. Just for your information if you do a Google search the word “Fore” it returns approximately 99,700,000 results (as of the time of this article).
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