NASA Yet to Accept Google’s $33m for Hangar One Refurbishing

December 13, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Hangar One, the naval airship station built in the 1930s, remains one of the largest free standing structures in the world today. This landmark of California has a footprint covering eight acres and a height of 198 feet.

Wondering why we are telling you all this? Well, our point is, Google’s top three executives, Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt have offered  NASA $33 million to refurbish the historic Hangar One.

NASA is yet to accept the proposal, though. NASA spokesperson Bob Jacobs said NASA understands the interest and historic nature of the facility, but they have to weigh that against the reality of constrained resources and use.

Google made the offer through the H211 airplane operations company. And the catch is they want to use up to two-thirds of the floor space of the hangar to house their fleet of eight private jets.

If the proposal gets the green signal, the outer panels of the Hangar One will be replaced plus some of the internal structure will be refurbished.

And, NASA would remain the owner of the building, and be at liberty to rent out the areas not used by the H211 scheme.

NASA has not approved the deal, even after the decision of the House of Representatives decided to cut $32m from the organization’s budget that had been earmarked to re-skin the structure.

The US Government subcommittee is looking onto the possibility of restoration, with its main concern being the possibility of Google branding being installed. H211 says it had no such plans.

H211 is apparently not happy with NASA not accepting the deal. It says that Hangar One would still be left with huge amounts of unused space; both refurbished as part of the donation and left in a relatively raw state for future development.

NASA says the proposal has not yet been completely vetted and that it is giving all options thoughtful consideration as they prepare their funding proposal for the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. Higher construction cost is also an issue to be considered.

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