NASA awards liquid hydrogen supply contracts

NASA has contracted Air Products and Chemicals of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Linde of Danbury, Connecticut, to supply up to 15 million pounds of liquid hydrogen for use at NASA facilities.

Multiple firm-fixed price delivery orders with maximum values of about $57.3 million for Air Products and Chemicals and about $29.1 million for Linde are part of the contracts with indefinite delivery conditions. Each contract has a two-year base period that starts on December 1 and is followed by an option period that, if exercised, would bring the contract’s expiry date forward to November 30, 2025.

According to these agreements, Air Products and Chemicals will provide NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, with up to 13.1 million pounds of liquid hydrogen, and Linde will provide the organization’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Armstrong Test Facility in Sandusky, Ohio, and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (including Cape Canaveral, Florida), with up to 1.89 million pounds of the commodity.

In cryogenic rocket engines, liquid oxygen and hydrogen are used by NASA, and the commodity’s special features help advance aeronautics.