MOUNTAIN VIEW – Google aims to complete a major overhaul of the iconic Mountain View Hangar One by 2025. NASA officials said on Friday they hope the Moffett Field site will become a hub for technological, space and aviation breakthroughs in the future.
Technology Titan leased 60 years with NASA in 2015 to take over the space. The Planetary Ventures division began a major recovery this week.
Asked by this news organization whether Google and the National Space and Aviation Agency could capture many synergies when the technology titan moved to Hangar One, Eugene Tu, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, said: “Absolutely.”
“Google deals with data and information, and that’s what we do, especially scientific and engineering data and information,” Tu said in an interview.
A NASA official sees many ways in which Google and the space agency can work closely together after the search giant set up its Planetary Ventures unit at Hangar One after the project ended.
“We are gathering so much information from our space and science satellites, trying to understand what is happening to our home planet and what will happen to it in the future,” Tu said. “Many of the technologies and capabilities that Google is developing, especially in machine learning (and) data retrieval, will be synergistic and very useful.”
The huge construction project itself, which is managed by commercial real estate firm CBRE on behalf of Google and Planetary Ventures, is expected to begin adding cladding – the exterior of the hangar – sometime in 2023, said Alex Saleh, CEO of CBRE .
“Construction will be completed in 2025,” Saleh told the news organization.
Long-term efforts by Representative Anna Yeshu, a Democrat whose area includes parts of Santa Clara County and San Mateo County, including Mountain View, overcame the one-time preference of both NASA and the U.S. Navy to destroy a landmark because of the cost of rescuing the hangar, which was born in 1932 as a Depression-era construction project that employed hundreds and housed the USS Macon airship.
“This is a moment of hallelujah,” Yeshu said. “It marks the historic beginning of the restoration of our iconic Hangar One. I call this operation Stubborn.
Yeshu said she and MP Zoe Lofgren, a San Jose Democrat and her ally in an effort to save Hangar One from the destructive ball, managed to win a battle that began in earnest in 2005 when the Navy offered to destroy the hangar after open toxic chemicals in the structure in 2002
In 2012, Google’s proposal to renovate Hangar One and other sites at Moffett Federal Airport was sinking and gathering dust on a government shelf when Yeshu and Lofgren persuaded Daniel Tangerlini, then director of the U.S. Public Service Administration, which manages real estate. the government. assets to visit the site. This helped turn the tide in favor of preserving and restoring the structure.
“We went with these bureaucrats,” Lofgren said. “I look forward to completing this project. This is not only an icon, but will also be a center for research and development of scientific innovations for our country.
The hangar is so wide and tall that the Statue of Liberty, if removed from its pedestal, can stand upright in hangar 1. The Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, if set aside, can be hidden inside the cave space.
The interior of Hangar One has enough space to allow Google engineers to work after the technology company’s Planetary Ventures move to the site upon completion.
Google-based Mountain View, whose iconic Googleplex headquarters is a short distance away, said little about the work it aims to undertake at Hangar One.
But the director of NASA’s Ames Research Center offered some options on Friday.
“You can see the development of more autonomous vehicles, especially in aviation, just as you see in self-driving cars,” Tu said. “You can see drones not only for hobby purposes, but also for flying cargo and people.