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NASA Picks 3 Companies for $149M Helium Supply Contract

Three companies have won spots on a potential three-year, $149 million contract to provide helium products to various NASA facilities.

Air Products and Chemicals, Messer and Linde will supply 87.7 million standard cubic feet of gaseous helium and 1.4 million liters of liquid helium in support of the International Space Station program, the Artemis lunar exploration mission and other agencywide efforts, NASA said Friday.

The multiple-award contract has a two-year base period and a one-year option that would extend the contract performance through Sept. 30, 2025.

NASA uses helium is used throughout the agency as a cryogenic agent for cooling various materials, a pressurizing agent for flight and ground fluid systems and inert gas for purging hydrogen systems.

Agency-run facilities also use the chemical element in precision welding applications.

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