ZIN provides cost effective technical solutions and products. Our highly skilled, diverse and flexible work force accomplishes this through innovation, superior engineering and management excellence.
ZIN strives to be a high-technology diverse organization that provides innovative and cost effective products and services to our customers.
ZIN is a proud supporter of the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS)
In April of 2016, ZIN sponsored and participated in the Spring Management Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio. The meeting was a highly effective exchange among multiple international space agencies. A letter of appreciation in support of this activity dated June 30, 2016 is provided in the following link:
Eight NASA Glenn workers win Silver Snoopy awards – four are from ZIN Technologies
We are proud to acknowledge James Bontempo, Amber Krauss, Christopher Rogers, and Jennifer Storck of ZIN Technologies, as four of the eight Silver Snoopy award winners.
ZIN Technologies and Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s joint venture named FlexLife has been sold to LifeWatch
ZIN Technologies is seeking interested candidates to support ZIN in the Multi-divisional Engineering, Design, Analysis Lab-wide Support (MEDALS) Subcontract at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Candidates under the MEDALS contract will support engineering, technology development, hardware development, test development and operations for flight programs. Positions under MEDALS are posted on our Career’s page.
About ZIN: Founded in 1957, ZIN has experience partnering with NASA since 1969. ZIN has developed, manufactured, certified and operated over 200 NASA space flight payloads that interface with a wide range of ground test facilities, launch vehicles and on-orbit carriers. ZIN is an AS9100C certified small business located in Cleveland Ohio.
For more information on ZIN visit our Capabilities section of our website.
ZIN Awarded NASA JPL MEDALs contract to support Robotic Exploration of the Solar System
ZIN Technologies (ZIN) is pleased to announce it was awarded a Multi-Divisional Engineering, Design, Analysis Lab-wide Support (MEDALs) contract supporting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) operating under the California Institute of Technology. The base period of performance is five years running through 2020. ZIN’s teaming partners include MDA US Systems, Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation and Aerojet. The potential combined value for this multi-award contract could reach $50M.
JPL is the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system, and currently has 19 spacecraft and 10 major instruments carrying out planetary, earth science and space-based astronomy missions including the current missions on Mars. The intent for this contract is to enable augmentation of the JPL workforce in support of JPL missions for both flight and non-flight areas of engineering, technology development, test development, operations support, interdisciplinary systems/configurations analyses and trade-off studies, concept definitions, requirements definition, design review, and technical documentation support.
NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster – Commercial (NEXT-C)
Procurement for research and development on future NASA Discovery Missions was awarded by NASA GRC to Aerojet Rocketdyne and ZIN Technologies. The following link provides specific details.
APEX experiment launched as a Sortie on SpaceX-5
The APEX experiment was launched as a Sortie on SpaceX-5 in January 2015. A subset of the experiment included the installation of Petri Plates containing various plants that were grown from seed while on-orbit into the FIR/LMM facility. Once installed into the LMM ground operations were conducted for a period of 24 continuous hours to acquire images of the plant roots using white and fluorescence light. The plants fluoresce as a result of genes being activated within the root as a result of various environmental factors such as gravity for instance. During the SpaceX-5 docked operations 3 different Petri plants were installed in LMM representing various stages of plant growth. The ZIN Ground Operations Team and the University of Florida Principle Investigators, Robert Ferl and Anna-Lisa Paul managed the acquisition of the image data resulting in a fully successful experiment.
ZIN Technologies expands its product offerings by providing customers additive manufacturing capabilities
ZIN Technologies is pleased to announce that it has acquired, installed and is currently operating an additive manufacturing machine (AM, more commonly known as a 3D printer). The machine that we have acquired is an Automatic Loading and Powder Recycle PXL from 3D Systems, Inc. It utilizes a 500 watt fiber laser and a patented powder layering system. It has one of the largest building volume capacities in the industry.
ZIN Technologies Reaches Out to Cleveland High School Students
ZIN supported a career exploration event at MC2 Stem High School located in downtown Cleveland at the Great Lakes Science Center on April 21, 2014. The students were given demonstrations and information about space exploration, science and engineering. The visit helped the students gain knowledge and interest as it relates to their school projects in robotics and rocketry.
Astronaut praises NASA Glenn Research Center’s role in her latest flight.
In partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, ZIN Technologies created a new harness design for NASA Glenn that is much more comfortable than past harnesses – astronaut Karen Nyberg said “the design they came up with was spectacular.”
NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, Ohio leads the SCaN Testbed multi-center team.
ZIN Technologies is a key contributor to NASA GRC on the SCaN Testbed which has been successfully implemented onboard the International Space Station.
ZIN Technologies announces first ISS operation of BCAT-KP
ZIN Technologies, a CASIS implementation partner and collaborator, is proud to announce the first ISS operation of BCAT-KP; a recurring and fast track applied science investigation platform. BCAT-KP launched on Orbital-1 and was highlighted during the January 8th NASA ISS On-Orbit Status press conference. This first of many BCAT-KP research investigations contains colloidal samples from Proctor & Gamble and will address fundamental questions directly related to product shelf life.
ZIN Technologies of Middleburg Heights helps those in space and on Earth
ZIN Technologies is pleased to announce it has been awarded the NASA GRC SpaceDOC-2 contract. For additional information, please refer to the following press release.
ZIN Technologies is awarded the NASA GRC SpaceDOC-2 contract
ZIN Technologies is pleased to announce it has been awarded the NASA GRC SpaceDOC-2 contract. For additional information, please refer to the following NASA press release.
ZIN and CASIS at the 246th American Chemical Society (ACS) Conference (Indianapolis, IN)
‘ZIN Technologies and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) brought astronaut Don Pettit to the 246th ACS Conference in Indianapolis, IN for an exciting break out session discussion of microgravity research on ISS. Don held a captive audience as he discussed and presented several of the on orbit experiments he has operated as well as the extemporaneous research he has performed with a number of common household items. ZIN also presented its first collaboration with CASIS at ACS; an ISS colloidal platform the Applied Science Low Gravity Phase Kinetics Platform (ASLGP) which is open to industry and academic partners interested in quick and recurring access to microgravity research.’
ISS Scientific Melting Pot for Space Science
Read Full Article: http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/ISS%20Science%20Blog/posts/post_1366223309502.html.
ZIN Technologies is awarded Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) contract.
ZIN Technologies, Inc., Cleveland, OH (ZIN) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). CASIS is a nonprofit organization promoting and managing research on board the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory (ISS). Part of ZIN’s contract is to develop a permanent applied science research platform on ISS. This platform, known as the Applied Sciences Low Gravity Phase Kinetics Platform (AS-LGP), will offer commercial and university experimenters the opportunity to test physical phenomena by offering continual and repeated fast track access to the ISS National Lab. The first set of experiments shall be a continuation of the NASA Binary Colloids Alloy Tests (BCAT), which is the research of colloids in micro-gravity. Thus far, the Proctor and Gamble Co., in collaboration with Harvard University and Texas A&M, have submitted experimental samples for research on BCAT.
As a prime contractor to NASA Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, OH) ZIN designed, manufactured and operated BCAT experiments on the ISS over the past 10 years. These experiments provided much valuable data to researchers in academia and industry in the formulation and design of new colloids. More recently, ZIN was awarded a contract by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to build, test and operate a colloidal facility on ISS. NASA has enabled ZIN and CASIS to create this unique research platform and continues to aid the ISS National Lab model through technical consult and hardware and facilities use. ZIN and CASIS shall jointly market this unique research platform to other government agencies, academia and industry.
NASA Technology Enables Better Patient Care due to a Spin-off Company jointly owned by ZIN Technologies and the Cleveland Clinic.
Read Full Article: https://technology.grc.nasa.gov/SS-vMetrics.shtm.
Smithsonian, December 2012. “Fire Unbound.” Testing fire and flames aboard the International Space Station.
NASA GRC Harness
October 11, 2012
The Glenn Harness has been operational on the ISS since 2010 following several years of ground research between ZIN, GRC and The Cleveland Clinic, and completion of a successful ISS Station Demonstration Test Objective (SDTO). Each harness is custom designed to fit the user and distributes the loading in an improved manner over previous ISS harnesses. This allows for higher loading to be achieved on a user; a critical aspect of preserving bone and muscle health. The seventeenth and eighteenth Glenn Harnesses are scheduled for launch in October 2012 on Soyuz 32S.
Components for several space experiments that ZIN Technologies designed, built, integrated and will operate for NASA were successfully delivered to ISS via Space X Dragon on October 10th.
October 11, 2012
On October 10th, 2012, the Space X Dragon successfully delivered to the International Space Station components for space experiments that ZIN Technologies provides for NASA GRC. ZIN has on-going involvement with the following experiments that continue to provide valuable science that aids in the research, development, design and safety of LEO human space flight and for exploration missions.
The Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) features a combustion chamber surrounded by optical and diagnostic packages that is remotely controlled from earth. Inside the chamber, experiments are tested, such as the Flame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX-2) which uses small droplets of fuel to study the burning characteristics of fire in space. The Smoke Point in Co-Flow Experiment (SPICE) observes non-buoyant round laminar jet diffusion flames in air co-flow at standard temperature and pressure. The Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS) experiment and the Structure and Lift-Off in Combustion Experiment (SLICE) both investigate stability and structure. Capillary Channel Flow Experiment (CCF) assists in the design of spacecraft tanks that can supply gas free propellant to spacecraft thrusters; and the Capillary Flow Experiment-2 (CFE-2) is part of a suite of fluid physics experiments that investigates how fluids move up surfaces in a microgravity environment.
ZIN Technologies Readies Shipment of Final Two Magnetospheric Multiscale Acceleration Measurement System (MMS AMS) Units to NASA Goddard
October 10, 2012
ZIN Technologies is preparing to ship the final two Magnetospheric Multiscale Acceleration Measurement System (MMS AMS) Units to NASA Goddard, completing a delivery contract of 4 Flight Units that ZIN performed from 2009 to 2012.
The MMS AMS Units are inertial navigation avionics boxes that are used in the Attitude Control System of the four MMS satellites. The MMS AMS units provide crucial navigation data to the MMS satellites to steer them in orbit. ZIN Technologies has already shipped two of the units ahead of schedule to the Goddard Space Flight Center and the other two will be shipped within the next two weeks in preparation for its journey into space.
The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is a Solar Terrestrial Probes mission comprising four identically instrumented spacecraft that will use Earth’s magnetosphere as a laboratory to study the microphysics of three fundamental plasma processes: magnetic reconnection, energetic particle acceleration, and turbulence. These processes occur in all astrophysical plasma systems but can be studied in situ only in our solar system and most efficiently only in Earth’s magnetosphere, where they control the dynamics of the geospace environment and play an important role in the processes known as “space weather.”
Noteworthy: ZIN employee Jim Bontempo noted an interesting observation while calibrating the MMSAMS unit the morning of September 5th. The noise in the unit’s acceleration data increased drastically without a plausible cause and then disappeared within 30 minutes. A short time later, Jim realized that the MMSAMS unit in Cleveland, Ohio had picked up a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in Costa Rica, over 2,000 miles away! He verified the highly sensitive MMS AMS data with the U.S. Geological Survey to confirm the event.