The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded a contract to Linde to supply liquid nitrogen and liquid oxygen to six of its research/space flight centers. 

The contract calls for Linde to supply over 360,000 tonnes of liquid nitrogen and approximately 64,000 tonnes of liquid oxygen to support operations at Glenn Research Center, Ohio; Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland; Johnson Space Center, Texas; Stennis Space Center, Mississippi; Michoud Assembly Facility, Louisiana, and Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama. Nitrogen is used by the agency for pneumatic actuation, purging and inerting, pressurisation, and for its cooling value.  Oxygen is used as an oxidiser in cryogenic rocket engines.

Cliff Caldwell, vice president & general manager, Bulk Markets & Applications for Linde, said, “We are very pleased with this award from NASA. With more than 30 air separation plants producing oxygen, nitrogen and argon, we have the capacity to serve NASA’s demanding needs. Over the last year, Linde has invested heavily in capital-intensive projects to increase production capacity to support and enhance economic growth in key markets in the United States.”

The latest investment announcement is the construction of an ASU in La Porte, Texas, the largest such Linde plant in the US. It will supply liquid of oxygen, nitrogen and argon to the rapidly growing market for industrial gases in the Houston Ship Channel area.