NASA awards two helium contracts


NASA has awarded contracts worth a combined total of $203.2m to Air Products and Messer LLC to supply gaseous and liquid helium for its space projects.

The total value of the contract with Air Products, including options, is approximately $168m while the Messer contract, including options, is approximately $35.2m in total.

Each contract with NASA is a fixed-price, indefinite-delivery requirement contract that began on October 1 with a two-year base period, followed by three one-year options that, if exercised, will extend the contract to September 30, 2024.

The US space agency uses helium as an inert purge gas for hydrogen systems and a pressurising agent for ground and flight fluid systems.

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