Google subsidiary negotiating with NASA to restore and operate historic airport

Imagine having an entire Asteroid to yourself…


Visit NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., and it’s impossible to miss Hangar One: a hulking mesh of metal that stands 1,133 feet long and 198 feet high. Once famous for the naval technology developed there, Hangar One was labeled in 2008 as one of the most endangered historic sites in the U.S.

After spending years debating the hangar’s future, NASA announced today that it has begun negotiating a lease agreement with Planetary Ventures, a little-documented limited liability company that is a subsidiary of Google(s goog). Planetary Ventures will be responsible for rehabilitating Hangar One and operating the associated Moffett Federal Airfield. The Mountain View Voice reports the job will cost $40 million.

The airport is currently operated by NASA Ames Research Center, which sits next to the hangar. Planetary Ventures will take over all of the operating costs. It will also be responsible for covering the hangar’s…

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