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Google spends $1.3M for jet parking at NASA

(you were wondering what they'd buy next)

     
10:25 pm on Sep 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This is getting a little silly. What exactly does NASA need to use private planes for? It's essentially a bribe by Google to get a better parking spot.
[iht.com...]

Moffett Field is nearly adjacent to Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, and the four-mile, or 6.5 kilometer, drive between the two facilities takes just seven minutes, according to Google Maps. Other Silicon Valley executives have to make do with space for their jets at San Francisco or San Jose international airports.

Officials at NASA Ames Research Center said the space agency signed an agreement signed last month that allowed it to place instruments and scientists on planes owned by principals of H211, which in addition to the Boeing 767-200 includes two Gulfstream Vs, to collect scientific data on some flights. In exchange, NASA will receive about $1.3 million in annual fees for being host to the plane at Moffett
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What exactly does NASA need to use private planes for?

you would probably be surprised how much of nasa is privatized these days...
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In the annals of perks enjoyed by America's corporate executives, the founders of Google may have set a new standard: an uncrowded, federally managed runway for their private jet that is only a few minutes' drive from their offices.

For $1.3 million a year, Larry Page and Sergey Brin get to park their customized wide-body Boeing 767-200, as well as two other jets used by top Google executives, on Moffett Field, an airport run by NASA that is generally closed to private aircraft.

Google Founders' Ultimate Perk: A NASA Runway [nytimes.com]

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So...does this up NASA's Page Rank? :)
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I wonder what a Google Dance looks like in Zero-Grav...hmmm
8:09 pm on Sept 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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NASA = Need Another Search Algorithm
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“People will now redouble their efforts to get access to that airfield,” he said.

Damn spammers! It seems like wherever those two go, people start redoubling their efforts. Look at Google.com.

The community is in a bit of an uproar over this one.

Unfortunately there are not many places that can accommodate a 767-200. It is somewhat costly too. Me? I'd rather have an F/A-18 Hornet or something. Everyone's got a 727/747/767 these days. :)

 

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