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Air Products Books $1B NASA Contract for Liquid Helium Supply

Air Products and Chemicals will supply 33 million liters of liquid helium and lease six proprietary liquid helium pumps to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida under a potential $1.07 billion contract.

NASA will use the commodity to support the International Space Station program, the Space Launch System and other projects at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, the space agency said Saturday.

The sole-source contract has a 23-month base period of performance and three options to extend work through Oct. 31, 2027.

Helium is used in various applications across NASA including as a pressurizing agent for fluid systems, an inert gas for purging hydrogen systems and a cryogenic agent.

Air Products and Chemicals also secured a $57.3 million contract from NASA to deliver 13.1 million lbs of liquid hydrogen to the Marshall Space Flight Center and Stennis Space Center.

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