Hangar One's fate: NASA Inspector General won't back down Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Sep 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Following the backlash over a June 2011 report pushing for the disposal of historic Hangar One and Moffett Federal Airfield, the NASA Inspector General has issued another report igniting opposition from Hangar One preservationists.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 7, 2012, 11:02 AM
Posted by Tina, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood, on Sep 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Really? Sounds like a no-brainer... NASA is supposed to "reduce its footprint" to usable property. Hangar One is not needed for NASA purposes. Google has offered to lease it & fix it. Why not just sell it and the excess property to Google with the request that they set up some sort of museum that the preservationists want to see & they can clean up the rest of the place (maybe put some commercial or housing on it) and make it a nice-looking adjunct to our fair city & not the blighted eyesore that it has been for the past 20 years. Plus, if they get housing on that side of the freeway, it will reduce a lot of cross-freeway traffic at Rengstorff & Shoreline. C'mon people, why can't we get this done before Google gives up & goes somewhere else?
Posted by Paul Asmus, a resident of another community, on Sep 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm
The fact of the matter is that our nonprofit organization was one of those that was treated 'unfairly' by NASA at Moffett. Since the IG report was released, the Office of Inspector General at NASA has informed us the matter of our mistreatment is still under review.
Concerning the fate of Hangar One, the record will show we tried to work with NASA and H211, LLC to create a partnership in the reuse of Hangar One. Being a humanitarian and disaster airlift service in support of the US Government, we clearly meet the "future use" criteria required by NASA for potential users of this Hangar. Both Rep. Ana Eshoo and Major General David Baldwin the California Adjutant General have written to NASA explaining the importance of Moffett in emergency response operations and Rep. Eshoo confirms in her letter to NASA and the White House that FEMA and NASA are "partners" in this regard. We are still open to working with NASA and others like H211 to save Hangar One.
Posted by MCL, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Sep 8, 2012 at 11:24 am
Actually, starguy, NASA *is* building an airship fleet, and it could be most effectively be housed at Moffett Field. There are at least three scientific / military airship projects underway at NASA Ames which will need hangars for some very large airships. Google has offered to pay for the restoration of hangar one (tens of $millions) in exchange for some of the space inside and some use of the runways.
What is the hold-up?
It is this: The head of NASA - administrator, Charles Bolden - is engaged in a war with NASA Ames and the Northern California congressional delegation. The kerfuffle over hangar one is but one battle in that war. It will end only with Bolden's resignation or the dismantling and closure of NASA Ames.
Bolden is one of the most indecisive, ineffectual and irresponsible "leaders" NASA has ever had (and it has had some really bad ones). While he attempts to stop private funding of both research and historical restoration at Ames (of NASA's most innovative and cost-effective campus) his whole agency is being dismantled.
Irreplaceable U.S. infrastructure, expertise and leadership in aerospace is being shed (torn down, sold to real estate developers, laid off, etc). Hangar is an example - where NASA, local (and global) business, and the public are effectively fighting back.
Let's see, what do we want?..... restore a uniquely appropriate facility that a private company has agreed to clean up and pay for, which NASA can then use to build and house a 21st century fleet of "green" heavy-lift airship prototypes that will revolutionize cargo transport and eliminate the need for roads in roadless areas? Or allow the skeleton of Hanger One to rust in place above its underground toxic plume while the GSA tries to sell the land to real estate developers who have abandoned half a dozen projects within a few miles already?
Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm
How about this.. I lost my wallet last week. I need to replace my ID.
The next appointment I can get at the DMV is September 24th. Oh yeah, three solid weeks. Of course I can just walk in and wait with the masses. Which I most likely will since I don't want to wait three weeks.. but that's just a small example of our government at work.
And you all are surprised when they can't figure out if/how to take a private company up on an offer to pay for something?
By the time they figure this out the skeleton of hangar one will be a pile of rust sitting on the ground.
Which I'm fine with. NASA isn't going to build any magic fleet of blimps to revolutionize cargo transport. There is already an efficient method for moving cargo in areas without roads. It's called a train.
Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community, on Sep 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm
Trains are a great way to move around goods, but we have built are whole land based transport system on trucks, trucks are great but they sit in traffic. Traffic eats up time, money and fuel. We could keep up with some other ideas or just build more roads then wait more traffic will come.
Hanger One could have a tenant, someone who wants to pay for a lease and fix it up, I don't see what is wrong with this. You have empty space out there, why not get people to lease or rent space, you could have small tech firms, a blimp that ferries passengers. What we have this already, guess we would rather have something out there that the Fed will decide for us. Why not a prison, a giant homeless center or a casino.
Posted by Aero-Swiss, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Dec 21, 2012 at 2:37 am
I believe NASA is uncomfortable in allowing Google to 'acquire' yet more substance on their way to world 'ownership' due to their influence and wealth. Ordinary (assets below £100m) people are unable to see this global perspective and I for one am grateful to NASA for maintaining their watchful eye over the masses and not bending to the pressure of unknowing people who are not able to see the BIG picture due to the absence of the £100m+ view 'spectacles'. I say go elsewhere Google so as they do not inherit all the history contained in that location which will make them stronger.