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30 years of partnering with NASA and Industry in Space Science


ZIN has developed space flight hardware for shuttle, MIR and ISS research applications evolving into complex satellite and space vehicle systems. Over 75% of physical science research on ISS to date has been developed, integrated and operated by ZIN, and a ZIN developed MIR payload is currently on display in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. We have designed, analyzed, fabricated and operated over 400 space flight payloads, using numerous expendable and human-rated launch vehicles, logging tens of thousands of hours of operations in space. 

Our extensive space hardware portfolio supports the NASA Human Exploration and Operation Mission Directorate (HEOMD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), and the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). As an experienced NASA Prime Contractor, ZIN has total responsibility for meeting the safety, interface, operations and mission success requirements levied for systems and payloads. Our ISS payload history goes back to the development and operation of the very first Physical Science ISS payload (Physics of Colloids in Space (PCS)), the longest-running payload on ISS (Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS)) and one of the most complex ISS science facilities (the Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF)).  Other examples of ISS hardware developed by ZIN include:

  • Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) payloads

  • EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments for Space Station Rack (EXPRESS Rack) payloads

  • Maintenance Work Area (MWA) payloads

  • Operation and maintenance of the SCaN Testbed (an advanced communications system and laboratory facility)

  • Microgravity Acceleration Measurement Systems (SAMS/MAMS)

ZIN developed and provided operations for payloads that include an ISS Research of the Year award (Cool Flames) and two Most Compelling ISS Science awards (CVB and TAGES).


ISS National Lab Implementation Partner

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)

As an implementation Partner for the ISS National Laboratory, ZIN can enable ISS science facility use to researchers, businesses and educators, allowing them to take advantage of the unique benefits offered by space-based investigations.


Research and Technology

ZIN engineers and scientists design, develop and test innovative and game-changing technologies for aeronautics and spaceflight. We have demonstrated expertise and subject matter experts in Combustion Science (fire safety, waste management, cool flames), Fluid Physics (life support systems, cry-management, liquid crystal), Human Research (exercise devices, medical devices), power systems, electric propulsion, systems engineering, communications and intelligence systems and materials and structures. ZIN is experienced working with National and International Principal Investigators, as well as Project Scientists who interface with our development engineers to design and develop space systems and instruments.

ZIN ISS Payload Heritage

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