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LEAD CENTER FOR FLUIDS MANAGEMENT

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 the country.

Goals:

  • Provide NASA the most cost effective and reliable sources of Liquid Propellants, Gasses and Special Aerospace Fluids.

Objectives:

  • Leadership in acquisition of aerospace fluids under the Consolidated Contracting Initiative, and continuing execution of technical and administrative contract support.
  • Core technical expertise in cryogens, gases, hypergols, hydrocarbons, and special aerospace fluids.
  • Knowledge of market conditions affecting availability and costs of required fluids.
  • 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 Agency.

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.
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