Building #703 at Site 9 will be a new base of
operation for NASA at Palmdale AP.
9/20/2007 - EDWARDS AFB, CA – NASA's Dryden Flight
Research Center has received approval to establish an
Aircraft Operations Facility at the former Rockwell
International / North American Aircraft production
facility in Palmdale. The Los Angeles World Airports
(LAWA) Board of Airport Commissioners endorsed a
20-year lease agreement with NASA earlier this week
for use of a large hangar and surrounding acreage at
the facility adjacent to U.S. Air Force Plant 42.
The move will initially bring five specialized
science platform aircraft to the Palmdale facility by
2008. An estimated 150 Dryden civil service and
contractor staff will also be transferred to the
Palmdale facility. In addition, visiting scientists
from around the world will be based at the site while
their experiments or missions are in progress.
Under terms of the lease, NASA will lease Bldg. 703,
one of the five major buildings on the site, and about
16.2 acres as an aircraft operations facility to
support various airborne science programs. NASA will
invest in excess of $6.5 million in various facility
modifications and upgrades and about $1.4 million per
year for the lease. The agreement calls for LAWA to
invest approximately $4 million, primarily to re-roof
Bldg. 703 and to install a new central utility plant
for the facility.
"This will be a first-class facility, convenient for
visiting scientists and educators, with easy access to
Palmdale," commented NASA Dryden Center Director Kevin
Petersen. "It will be a great addition to the center's
Bldg. 703 contains some 422,000 square feet of floor
space, including 210,000 square feet in the central
hangar area and an equivalent amount of office space
on four floors on the north and south sides of the
building. The facility is part of the Site 9 complex
and is located just north of 30th Street East and
Rancho Vista Boulevard (Avenue P). It has easy access
to the taxiways and runways at USAF Plant 42.
"We are pleased with the way things turned out and
are anxious to take occupancy," said Jerry C. McKee,
NASA Dryden's Deputy Associate Director for Management
and lead NASA negotiator for the lease. "There is
still a tremendous amount of work ahead of us to make
the facility ready to house our unique aircraft, the
first of which will arrive in early November."
"I'm delighted to welcome NASA as a new tenant," said
Bob Gluck, manager of the LA/Palmdale Regional
Airport, which is owned and operated by LAWA. "We are
extremely grateful for the tireless efforts of all the
parties who worked to make this outcome possible."
"None of this would have been possible without the
support of the cities of Los Angeles and Palmdale and
the folks over at Plant 42," added McKee.
Source: NASA Dryden Press Release