Kennedy Space Center, Propellants, and Life
Support Branch is the NASA Responsible Center for Fluids
Management. The office current manages numerous supply contracts totaling
approximately $450 million contract value which support NASA activities across
- Provide NASA the most cost effective and reliable sources of Liquid
Propellants, Gasses and Special Aerospace Fluids.
- Leadership in acquisition of aerospace fluids under the Consolidated
Contracting Initiative, and continuing execution of technical and administrative
- Core technical expertise in cryogens, gases, hypergols, hydrocarbons,
and special aerospace fluids.
- Knowledge of market conditions affecting availability and costs of required
- Design, develop, procure, and implement equipment and systems for improved
safety, security, quality, and efficiency of fluids acquisition, handling,
storage, and delivery.
- Monitor new program fluid requirements and develop strategies to support
the addition of new government programs to current demands, and to assess
the impacts of new commercial programs' demands to current supply sources.
- Monitor consumption and costs of major fluids used Agency-wide, and
develop strategies for improved fluids logistics.
- Represent the Agency on professional, technical, and legislative issues
related to fluids logistics.
KSC Implementation Plans:
- Continue NASA's advisory relationship with the Department of Transportation
on equipment specifications and standards for hazardous fluid propellants
handling and transportation.
- Continue to provide the most reliable and cost-effective liquid hydrogen,
liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen and liquid gaseous helium supplies to the
KSC Future Plans:
- Develop and utilize more accurate forecasting models to more effectively
manage potential future requirements and costs.
- Expand fluids management functions to include consolidation of other
fluid acquisitions for more cost-effective commodity supplies.
- Provide community management for other Government agencies where cost-effective.