NASA Awards Liquid Hydrogen Contract


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has selected Praxair Inc. of Danbury, Conn., for a follow-on contract for the agencywide acquisition of liquid hydrogen.

The fixed price, requirements follow-on contract begins Dec. 1, 2012. It has a one-year base performance period with a one-year option period. The maximum potential value of the contract is approximately $18.8 million, which is comprised of a $10 million base value and $8.8 million for the one-year option.

Praxair will supply approximately 10,265,000 pounds of liquid hydrogen to NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss.; Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.; and White Sands Test Facility, N.M., in support of the agency's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Liquid hydrogen, when combined with liquid oxygen, acts as fuel in cryogenic rocket engines.

Kennedy Space Center in Florida is responsible for the acquisition of liquid hydrogen on behalf of the agency.

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