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ZIN Technologies Building the Future

Mission Possible

Whether on the ground or in space, ZIN’s innovative solutions help solve the complexities of human spaceflight and robotic space exploration, safely and efficiently. Established in 1957, ZIN is a leader in providing advanced engineering services and product development solutions for NASA, DoD and private industry.

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Ohio Aerospace Company Sends Technology into Orbit

ZIN Technologies is out of this World!

Very few startups can claim their technology is literally “out of this world,” but that is the case for ZIN Technologies in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The engineering firm supports the full lifecycle of development for aerospace hardware – from preliminary design to final manufacturing. For the past 25 years, the company’s main client has been NASA and their hardware has been used on the space shuttle, Shuttle-Mir Program, the International Space Station (ISS) and satellites.

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Worlds Greatest!

Founded in 1957, ZIN Technologies Inc. (ZIN) is a small disadvantaged business (SDB) headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. We provide systems design, development, engineering and integration, test and evaluation, advanced aerospace systems modeling and simulation and support the full life-cycle development of aerospace hardware and software. ZIN has had continuous contracts with NASA since 1969. The ZIN engineering team has partnered with NASA management, scientific experts and industry to manage and develop space flight systems, from concept definition, design, development, and fabrication to system assembly, integration, test, launch, operations and return.

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Biomedical Device Development

FlexLife Health, Inc., vMetrics™

ZIN has developed a biomedical device originally developed to monitor the health of astronauts in space is now available to help doctors remotely monitor their patients.  The wearable device can measure heart rate, blood pressure, glucose, temperature, prothrombin time, joint angle, oxygen saturation, and more. Used for real-time monitoring of patients during pre- and post-surgery, clinical trials, and home health care, the technology helps patients stay more connected to health care providers, reduce the frequency and duration of hospital stays, and take greater control over their health.

Amazing Flame Comes to Life in Space Station Microgravity Combustion Science

ZIN designed, built and operates the FLEX-2 hardware

The Flame Extinguishment - 2 (FLEX-2) experiment is the second experiment to fly on the ISS which uses small droplets of fuel to study the special spherical characteristics of burning fuel droplets in space. The FLEX-2 experiment studies how quickly fuel burns, the conditions required for soot to form, and how mixtures of fuels evaporate before burning. Understanding these processes could lead to the production of a safer spacecraft as well as increased fuel efficiency for engines using liquid fuel on Earth.

Characterizing Arabidopsis Root Attractions

ZIN designed, developed and operates the ISS Light Microscopy Module on ISS that supported CARA

Space Station Live commentator interviews the principal investigator of the CARA experiment from the University of Florida. The CARA (Characterizing Arabidopsis Root Attractions) Experiment focuses on the growth and development of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings in the space flight environment, with a specific focus on how a root knows which direction to grow in when gravity is absent.

ISS Packed Bed Reactor (PBRE) Experiment

ZIN, designed, built and operates the NASA GRC PBRE

A NASA Commentator talks with the PI of the Packed Bed Reactor experiment. This experiment studies the behavior of gases and liquids when they flow simultaneously through a column filled with porous media, as is done in chemical engineering to enhance the contact between two immiscible fluid phases. Data from this experiment could lead to better designs for chemical and biological reactors used in water recovery, planetary surface processing and oxygen production, and thus longer space missions in the future.

Video Credit: NASA Space Station Live

Watch how the Saffire experiment will be conducted in space

ZIN is building and operating the Saffire follow-on flights for NASA GRC

The GRC is leading an experiment that seeks to understand how fire spreads in a microgravity environment. Saffire I, II, and III will launch separately in 2016 aboard resupply missions to the ISS.  But they will not be unloaded and after the Orbital/ATK Cygnus pulls far away from the space station, the experiments will begin. This animation explains how it all works.

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Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP)

ZIN supports Aerojet Rocketdyne in the development of SEP

Future Human Exploration requires high power solar electric propulsion vehicles to move cargo and humans beyond Low Earth Orbit, which requires large light weight arrays, high power processing, and robust ops in egregious environs.The SEP Project will develop and mature technologies primarily for transition to NASA Mission Directorates engaged in manned and robotic exploration of space.

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MMS Mission

ZIN delivered four mission critical flight verified MMAMS units directly to the MMS for integration into the spacecraft.

NASA launched the Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission on March 12, 2015. MMS consists of four identical spacecraft that orbit around Earth through the dynamic magnetic system surrounding our planet to study a little-understood phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. The MMS mission relies on four spacecraft with an identical set of 11 instruments made of 25 sensors. The four spacecraft fly in an adjustable, pyramid formation that enables them to observe the 3-dimensional structure of magnetic reconnection.

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GPS Experiment on SCAN Testbed

ZIN operates the SCAN Testbed from the NASA GRC TSC

The NASA MSFC public affairs officer interviews the principal investigator for the GPS Experiment on SCAN Testbed. The Space Communications and Navigation Testbed (SCAN Testbed) contains Software Defined Radios that can be reconfigured with new software, which would allow mission planners to change how the radios function after they are in orbit. The interview aired during Space Station Live on October 24, 2014.

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NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster-Commercial (NEXT-C)

ZIN supports Aerojet Rocketdyne in the development of NEXT-C

The NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster-Commercial (NEXT-C) Gridded Ion Thruster System that is under devlopment at the NASA GRC is designed to power government and commercial spacecraft to deep-space destinations faster, farther and more fuel efficiently than any other propulsion technology currently available.

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Investigation Seeks to Create Self-Assembling Materials

ZIN designed, built, sustains and operates the Advanced Colloids Experiment-Temperature-7 investigation for NASA GRC

This video focuses on the Advanced Colloids Experiment-Temperature-7 investigation (ACE-T-7) aboard the International Space Station that explores the feasibility of creating self-assembling microscopic particles for use in the manufacturing of materials during spaceflight.

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Combustion Integrated Rack

ZIN designed, built, sustains and currently operates the FCF CIR for NASA GRC

This video focuses on the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) and features the Multi-User Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA), the Constrained Vapor Bubble (CVB) and the Flame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX).

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Commercial Transportation Systems

ZIN supports Aerojet Rocketdyne in the development of the Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser Power systems

This animated video represents Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Dream Chaser® Cargo System mission. The Dream Chaser Cargo System is an innovative complete cargo transportation system capable of transporting pressurized and unpressurized cargo to and from low-Earth orbit destinations such as the International Space Station. This system is designed to fulfill NASA’s current Commercial Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) and other fully autonomous missions.

Video Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems

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