Orion launched with help from Air Products


Industrial gases and space exploration have, for a long time, gone hand-in-hand. The special relationship they have was further strengthened when the latest exploration project was launched from Cape Canaveral.

Air Products played a key role, as it always has in NASA space exploration, when the Orion EFT-1 carried by a Delta IV Heavy rocket lifted off the launch pad recently signalling the beginning of a new era in deep space travel.

Spanning what is over a 50 year working relationship, Air Products now adds Orion’s lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to its list of support for NASA space missions by providing a reliable supply of industrial gases and other services.  Air Products had also fuelled all NASA travels of the Space Shuttle, Apollo, and earlier Mercury missions.

“It is very exciting to be part of this new strategy directed toward deep space travel and to have fuelled Orion for its first exploration flight test.  We have been supplying NASA for over a half-a-century and look forward to continued work on this new initiative. It brings our team a lot of pride to be part of this launch and what is really a history making event,” said Greg DeMatto, Air Products’ strategic account manager for NASA.

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