NASA to rent out historic Silicon Valley airfield to Google's Planetary Ventures

Dirigible U.S.S. Macon arrives at Moffet's Hangar One, Oct. 5, 1934, from Opalocka, Florida.. (U.S. Navy Photo)


Dirigible U.S.S. Macon arrives at Moffet's Hangar One, Oct. 5, 1934, from Opalocka, Florida.. (U.S. Navy Photo)

NASA this week announced it will rent out historic Moffett Federal Airfield, a 1,000-acre base about 4 miles from Google headquarters, to Google subsidiary Planetary Ventures.

The deal is part of NASA's efforts to reduce costs here on Earth. The deal, inked Monday, is expected to bring some $1.16 billion to the federal space agency over the next 60 years.

The property on South San Francisco Bay includes an airfield, two runways, private golf course and three hangars, including historic Hangar One, which will be restored as part of the deal.

"As NASA expands its presence in space, we are making strides to reduce our footprint here on Earth," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "We want to invest taxpayer resources in scientific discovery, technology development and space exploration – not in maintaining infrastructure we no longer need. Moffett Field plays an important role in the Bay Area and is poised to continue to do so through this lease arrangement."

[Federal Times, CNET, NASA]