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Google and NASA in trouble with Congress over taxpayer funded airfield

Senator wants answers over sweetheart deal between Google and NASA

Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, CA

Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, CA

Google could be booted off a taxpayer funded NASA owned airfield that it uses to park high speed luxury jets and other aircraft.

Senator Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to NASA administrator Charles Bolden that questioned Google’s use of Moffett Federal Airfield in California for parking and fueling its private jets.

NASA policy lets private aircraft use government-owned facilities, but only if the aircraft are used for scientific missions.

Google pays about $3.7 million each year to NASA to park the jets there. Some of the planes are large private Boeing Jets belonging to Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin.

Google uses a holding company name H211 in the lease agreement with NASA.

Out of 1,039 flights out of the airfield since 2007, only 52 flights were scientific missions, about percent.

Grassley expects an answer from NASA by May 25 with details on what planes are on the airfield and whether Google is getting discounted air fuel below the market rate.

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