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Susan Rambo
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Hangar One at NASA Ames
Susan Rambo   8/21/2013 6:46:51 PM
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Hangar One at NASA Ames is a beautiful landmark in the Bay Area constructed after WWI to support the "lighter-than-air" reconnaissance program, according to this page about the property.

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goafrit   8/21/2013 9:06:45 PM
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Never knew NASA has nice structures like this.  Great history and photos - one will hope they do not break them. This looks like the Bird Nest which China showed the world during the olympics. One of the stadia looked like that. 

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Re: Hangar One at NASA Ames
Susan Rambo   8/21/2013 9:24:56 PM
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You're right. It does look like the Bird's Nest, @goafrit. Or the world's biggest jungle gym. I hope no one tries to climb it. Prior to the toxic asbestos tiles being removed, the hangar housed an aviation museum. I saw on the news that the museum was looking for a new home or to keep the one they had. I wonder what happened to them. More reading: GSA and NASA seek rehab proposals for historic Hangar One airship station



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Re: Hangar One at NASA Ames
Caleb Kraft   8/28/2013 3:48:18 PM
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Oh man, that is so cool. I wish I could have seen it while it was in the hangar.

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Ames high
rick merritt   8/21/2013 9:47:17 PM
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I have enjoyed several trips to Ames over the years for expos in their giant hangars and new conferences at their supercomputer center. I've enjoyed seeing the fragments of moon rocks on display there, too.

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Re: A Glimpse of NASA Technology
docdivakar   8/21/2013 9:58:43 PM
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I visited this facility in the mid 90's and it was an experience to remember life long! It was fun to work with a few young engineers / astronauts there, some of whom went on shuttle trips later.

MP Divakar

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Hanger One
Clark Lampson   8/21/2013 11:19:48 PM
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That Hanger One shell could be used to make the world's best tropical greenhouse in the Bay Area if NASA only used their imagination a little.  It is almost 7 acres, and the height would allow a mature tropical forest canopy.  They could even put a canopy walk or tram in the thing.  Skinning it with polycarbonate would not be too costly.  Treating the steel structure for corrosion protection in a high humidity environment would be an issue, but is likely solvable.  NASA needs to think outside the box a bit...

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Re: Hanger One
jeremybirch   8/22/2013 10:48:41 AM
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if you hang the polycarbonate on the inside of the structure and the skeleton would not be exposed to the tropical environment anyway. May not be as pretty but solves that issue!

 

 

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Re: Hanger One
Caleb Kraft   8/28/2013 3:49:39 PM
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As totally awesome as that sounds, I think NASA should focus on space. Maybe they should sell it to some crazy billionaire to finally get some funding!

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Great things happenning!
Sanjib.A   8/21/2013 11:54:04 PM
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Really some of the "mega grand" things happening there. Smart phone based satellite was the odd person out being the tiniest stuff...but it was a good idea thought. Technologies similar to "forward osmosis water processor" could console all scary people (including me) who think the drinking water problem looming in the future. I am sure there are researches going on to process & use sea water for the same. 

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Gigantic
prabhakar_deosthali   8/22/2013 6:23:09 AM
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"Gigantic" is the only word that describes those huge facilities created by NASA , be it the hanger for airplanes, the wind tunnel or the supercomputer.

I just could not get the difference between the NASA developed forward osmosis process Vs the conventionally available Reverse Osmosis process. 

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Too big a structure
_hm   8/22/2013 7:34:11 AM
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It is preferred to have modular structure to conduct different tests. Why is this structure so big? Can it be divided and make more flexible and efficient?

 

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Re: Too big a structure
y_sasaki   8/22/2013 6:20:25 PM
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We have similar former Airship hangers in Tustin, Orange County CA. I've heard it is difficult to find new purpose because those structures do not meet todays safety standards, such as fire or earthquake.

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Re: Too big a structure
Susan Rambo   8/22/2013 6:37:13 PM
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@y_sasaki  Interesting. Thanks. Maybe when we all get our jetpacks, these dirigble hangars could become indoor jetpack lounges or just an indoor space to try out the jetpack. Maybe not. Or a place for testing drones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Corps_Air_Station_Tustin

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Re: Too big a structure
Caleb Kraft   8/28/2013 3:53:39 PM
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A long time ago I talked to a guy that did radio controlled planes. They wanted to have races and stuff in one of these but there were insurance reasons that they couldn't because the buildings didn't meet current code. Its a shame, that would have been cool.

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Re: Too big a structure
wilber_xbox   8/28/2013 2:41:52 PM
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I think that this would have served its purpose duing the satelite or flight tests. Keeping the temperature and atmosphere control for such a struture is really tough.

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Re: Too big a structure
Caleb Kraft   8/28/2013 3:54:55 PM
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It could possibly be subdivided but unfortunately the cost to bring it up to modern day code might make that financially difficult. It is just easier to build new modern buildings for more manageable sizes.

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