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article imageGoogle Founders Sign Elusive Deal with NASA

By Chris V. Thangham     Sep 13, 2007 in Internet
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have signed a two year deal with National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA); this will allow Google to use the government’s Moffett Federal Airfield, near Mountain View, California.
Moffett Federal Airfield is limited to government flights only, most of them for NASA’s research work, with this new deal Google will be allowed to use them also for up to two years. Google has paid $1.3 million dollars to NASA for the use of this airfield. Google also agreed to carry the NASA instruments and scientists along with the planes used. Google hasn’t told the press why it wants to use this airfield, but I am guessing it will be for its Google Map to get recent pictures of Earth’s landscape.
The residents nearby have complained to NASA before to limit the number of flights in a year to reduce the noise levels in the area. They will be keeping an eye on Google’s activities to see whether they will violate the rules or not and don’t cause further disturbances in the area. NASA has assured that the airport traffic will stay below the maximum 25,000 annual flights limit.
Google has been involved with NASA for some time, as the two companies have collaborated on several projects, one of them being Google Earth, to which NASA has supplied many of its images from its database. Since Google is not involved in scientific activities, it will be interesting to find out more about this deal with NASA and for what purposes it wants to use the Moffett Federal Airfield.
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