NASA has agreed to Google’s plans to build a 1.2 million square foot office complex at the Ames Research Center near its Mountain View, California headquarters. Google will rent 42.2 acres of land for $3.6 million per year. Construction begins in 2013 and the final phase of the project, which is expected to include employee housing, will start in 2022.
The initial lease is set for 40 years, but could be renewed for as much as 50 years. This isn’t the only agreement Google has with the government space program. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin park their private planes at Moffett Federal Airfield for a mere $1.3 million per year and an agreement to fly NASA’s equipment on research missions.