December 14, 2011
Google Moguls Make $33 Million Bid To Restore And Use NASA Hangar
Three of Google´s top-tier executives have purportedly made a $33 million bid to renovate NASA´s historic Hangar One. Insiders say the three multi-billionaires want to use the facility to house their own growing private-jet collection.
Together with the company´s executive chairman Eric Schmidt, brainy Google co-founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page say that 198-foot tall, almost 80-year-old hangar would even remain the property of NASA. The Google trio insists that they would only need part of the massive facility´s space on ground floor and that the space organization could use the remaining space for whatever it needed.The iconic landmark has stood in disrepair for years outside of Mountain View, California. As large as seven football fields, the structure was once used as a docking station for the US Navy´s blimps.
A San Jose news agency has reported that the proposal was first made in September through a separate company called H211 owned by the tech-firm moguls.
The offer came after the House of Representatives recently cut some $32 million from NASA´s annual budget, a sum that have been intended to replace the Hangar One´s siding. The massive monolith sits on a toxic site in the heart of the Silicon Valley and was scheduled to undergo renovation in the coming years to remove paneling. According to inspectors, the structure´s outer shell is contaminated with PCB, a poisonous organic compound previously used in coolants.
NASA is currently said to be reviewing H211´s bid. And while their options appear to be limited, it is as yet unclear whether or not they will accept.
“It would be premature to discuss the merits of the proposal until we have had time to review the details,” NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs told The Telegraph.
“It has not yet been completely vetted,” he added. “We understand the interest and historic nature of the facility and we have to weigh that against the reality of constrained resources and use. We are giving all options thoughtful consideration as we prepare our funding proposal for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.'”
Image Caption: Image of Hangar One at Moffett Field, Calif., taken in 1999. Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center
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