Linde will supply NASAÂ with approximatelyÂ 360,000 tons of liquid nitrogen and 64,000 tons of liquid oxygen to support the operations of six research andÂ space flight centers across the U.S.
The company said Monday the agency uses nitrogen for pressurization, purging, inerting and pneumatic actuation, while oxygenÂ is used as oxidizer for cryogenic rocket engines.
The research andÂ space flight centers included in the contract are Glenn Research Center in Ohio, Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, Johnson SpaceÂ Center in Texas, Stennis SpaceÂ Center in Mississippi, Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana and Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.
Cliff Caldwell, Linde’s vice president and general manager for bulk markets and applications, said the company has 30 facilitiesÂ that produce oxygen, nitrogen and argon to meetÂ production needs.
Linde is currentlyÂ building an air separation unit in La Porte, Texas, which will be its largestÂ industrial gas plant in the U.S.