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Cleveland, OH (December 2, 2019) – In September, Aerojet Rocketdyne and subcontractor ZIN Technologies Inc. of Ohio finished assembling the first flight string of the 7-kW NEXT-C gridded ion engine system. In 2021, NEXT-C will fly on NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirect Test, managed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

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Cleveland, OH (September 12, 2019) – Understanding how fire spreads and behaves in space is crucial for the safety of future astronauts and for understanding and controlling fire here on Earth. Microgravity is also crucial for combustion researchers to test some of the core principles of the field. ZIN in partnership with the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) developed, maintains and operates the ISS Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF) Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR).  The primary focus of microgravity combustion experiments has been related to either fire safety in space or better understanding of practical combustion on Earth and in space. The reduced gravity creates flames that look a lot different from the ones seen here on Earth: with the near absence of gravity on the space station, flames tend to be spherical. On Earth, hot gasses from the flame rise while gravity pulls cooler, denser air to the bottom of the flame. This creates both the shape of the flame, as well as a flickering effect. In microgravity, this flow doesn’t occur. This reduces the variables in combustion experiments, making them simpler and creating spherical shaped flames. The CIR, along with facilities such as the Microgravity Science Glovebox, created a secure and safe environment in which to study combustion without putting the crew in danger. Click below for the full story by NASA.

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Cleveland, OH (July 14, 2019) – Kidney stones, often painful and debilitating, have long been a serious concern for astronauts. Dehydration, stasis, and bone demineralization are strong contributors to kidney stones and commonly occur in microgravity. Astronauts have reported kidney stones, postflight, more than 30 times. Technology currently under investigation could solve this and other health problems related to spaceflight. The Flexible Ultrasound System demonstrates use of a ground-tested, software-based ultrasound technology in a device for deep-space missions. FUS aims to provide state-of-the-art clinical internal imaging and additional capabilities, such as using ultrasound for therapy as well as diagnosis, and facilitating development of algorithms for advanced image interpretation. FUS is based on the commercial GE Vivid-E95 clinical ultrasound device. Modifications by ZIN Technologies Inc. advanced capabilities that allow researchers not only to detect and manipulate renal stones, but also assess bone health, enhance healing of musculoskeletal injuries, monitor intracranial pressure via eye scans, and provide training tools so astronauts can produce diagnostic-quality ultrasound scans autonomously.

ZIN would like to acknowledge the following key members of the FUS team; John Eustace for his hard work and technical expertise, Wayne Borrelli for safety, Robert Yarber for contract negotiation, Jim Shaffner for contract management, and Scott Fisher for hardware assembly.

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Cleveland, OH (February 1, 2019) –The NASA GRC International Space Station (ISS) Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF) has reached a milestone with 50 flights to ISS in support of its science mission.  The FCF is a set of two International Space Station (ISS) research facilities designed to support physical and biological experiments in support of technology development and validation in space. The FCF consists of two modular, reconfigurable racks called the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) and the Fluids Integration Rack (FIR). The CIR and FIR were developed at NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, Ohio, under a prime contract with ZIN Technologies. The CIR was launched to the ISS on the Space Shuttle STS-126 in 2008 and the FIR was launched on STS-128 in 2009. Both racks are operated remotely from the Glenn ISS Payload Operations Center (GIPOC) at GRC. The sustaining engineering and operations team is under a prime contract with ZIN Technologies.  ZIN has supported 977 top level assemblies to ISS with a total mass of FCF hardware to date over 2284 Kg.  The CIR was the heaviest rack launched to ISS at 771 Kg.  The CIR platform made it possible for the discovery of “Cool Flames”.  The CIR was originally envisioned during the Skylab era and its predecessor Combustion Module-1 (CM-1) was aboard the last flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia.   The FIR includes the Light Microscopy Module (LMM) that is a modified commercial, highly flexible, state-of-the-art light imaging microscope facility that provides researchers with powerful diagnostic hardware and software onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The LMM enables novel research of microscopic phenomena in microgravity, with the capability of remotely acquiring and downloading digital images and videos across many levels of magnification. The way that matter is organized and moves on the microscopic level profoundly affects the macroscopic world and an understanding of such processes helps scientists and engineers build more efficient materials and machines both for both the earth and space environments.

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ZIN Supports NASA InSight Mission

Cleveland, OH (Dec 2, 2018) –InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to study Mars' interior structure answers key questions about the early formation of rocky planets in our inner solar system - Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. The lander uses cutting edge instruments, to look deep beneath the surface and seek the understanding of the processes that formed the terrestrial planets. The InSight mission was delayed because issues during verification. In 2016, when JPL needed to fabricate parts to recover from these issues, they chose ZIN. Between March and October of that year, we revised designs, procured, and inspected SEIS flexprint assemblies for JPL. As we celebrate the landing of InSight, we want to congratulate our ZIN team!

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Ohio's Role in 'Space Force' Could be Pronounced

Cleveland, OH (Aug 16, 2018) –If a United States Space Force becomes the sixth branch of the military, Ohio’s robust aerospace and aviation industry may play a leading role. Last week at a press event at the Pentagon, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis and other leaders from the Department of Defense addressed the future of the U.S. military’s presence in space. As part of that future, federal officials released a report containing the first stages of the administration’s plans to turn the Space Force into reality.  Dr. Carlos Grodsinsky, the chief operating officer of ZIN Technologies Inc., opined that the Space Force would be an extension of what the other armed services are already doing. However, there would just be a greater focus on those efforts to protect American assets in space. Dr. Grodsinsky said it would be a worthy venture so long as it is not intended to provoke other nations, namely Russia and China, that also have robust space programs.

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Delta Faucet Company Joins Forces with CASIS and ZIN to Investigate Water Activity in Microgravity

Cleveland, OH (July 24, 2018) – Leading Faucet Company Seeks to Innovate Shower Experience Based on Out-of-This-World-Water Droplet Findings.  Delta Faucet Company has announced its partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), in collaboration with the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, to study the formation of water droplets, water flow and pressure in microgravity. The experiment will leverage Delta Faucet Company's proprietary H2OKinetic® Technology to shed light on water flow in microgravity and how to deliver an enhanced shower experience for consumers. ZIN Technologies will develop this experiment as a CASIS implementation partner for Delta Faucet Company.  Delta Faucet plans to launch the microgravity investigation from Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia as early as November 2018. Once the testing is complete, the same study will be conducted on Earth in order to compare results.

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Our NASA Space Acceleration Management System (SAMS) is Celebrating Two Anniversaries

Cleveland, OH (June 4, 2018) – On June 4, SAMS is celebrating 17 years of powered ISS operations. SAMS was first powered on ISS on June 4, 2001. Tomorrow, June 5, SAMS celebrates the 27th year of the first launch and operation of SAMS. SAMS first shuttle launch was June 5, 1991 on STS-40.  SAMS currently has 8 sensor active on ISS and the SAMS project is working to build and fly three more TSH-ES units to support the increased demand for acceleration measurement. Congratulations to everyone, many of us have worked at one time in our career here at NASA on the acceleration projects.

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ZIN Technologies, Inc. Annual Egg Drop Winners!

Cleveland, OH (May 31, 2018) –ZIN held its annual employee Egg Drop Competition on Thursday, May 31st, 2018.  Congratulations to this year’s winners Justin Funk who won the Technical category and Mark Morris that won the Non-Technical category! The winning designs were the ones that prevented the egg from breaking and had the lowest weight. The egg was provided by ZIN (USDA Grade A chicken eggs per AMS 56) on the day of the competition.  The drop for all participants were the Flight Unit’s maiden flight. Each device was dropped from the third floor balcony (inside) of the atrium at ZIN-O in Middleburg Heights. Participants dropped their own design by letting go with an outstretched arm.  Thanks to all that participated good luck to all those already planning for next year’s competition.

Investigation Seeks to Create Self-Assembling Materials

Cleveland, OH (May 11, 2018) – As we travel farther into space, clever solutions to problems like engine part malfunctions and other possible mishaps will be a vital part of the planning process. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is an emerging technology that may be used to custom-create mission-critical parts. An integral piece of this process is understanding how particle shape, size distribution and packing behavior affect the manufacturing process.  The Advanced Colloids Experiment-Temperature-7 investigation (ACE-T-7) developed for the NASA GRC by ZIN Technologies, Inc. aboard the International Space Station explores the feasibility of creating self-assembling microscopic particles for use in the manufacturing of materials during spaceflight. These microscopic particles come together like building blocks to create materials with tailored nanostructures, giving scientists the ability to change the behavioral properties of a material according to a set of instructions embedded within the particle. The ability for materials to self-assemble, and potentially self-repair following a breakdown, will be a key element as we head to deep space destinations, where bringing along extra engine parts and other necessary items may not be an option because of storage limitations aboard the spacecraft.

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NASA Takes First 3-D Microscopic Image on the Space Station

Cleveland, OH (April 18, 2018) – Standard flat imagery of space science is a thing of the past for researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G). Using the International Space Station’s newly upgraded microscope, the Light Microscopy Module (LMM), scientists can now see microscopic particles in 3-dimensional images.  On April 12, researchers first viewed the particles, called colloids, in 3-D, during the ongoing Advanced Colloids Experiments (ACE). Colloids are suspensions of microscopic particles in a liquid, and they are found in products ranging from milk to fabric softener. Consumer products often use colloidal gels to distribute specialized ingredients, for instance droplets that soften fabrics, but the gels must serve two opposite purposes: they have to disperse the active ingredient so it can work, yet maintain an even distribution so the product does not spoil. ZIN Technologies, Inc. designed, built and operates both the LMM and ACE hardware. Researchers are using the Advanced Colloids Experiment-Temperature-6 (ACE-T-6) investigation, which has been in development for eight years, to study the behavior of colloids in gels and creams. The team plans to use the results to improve product shelf life and provide for more efficient product packaging.

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Procter & Gamble learns from the Advanced Colloids Experiments flying on the ISS

Cleveland, OH (February 28, 2018) – Cleveland, OH (February 28, 2018) – The number of people that touch a Procter & Gamble (P&G) product each day is 4,800,000,000.  ZIN is working with P&G, CASIS and the NASA Glenn Research Center in development and operations of the Advanced Colloids Experiment (ACE).   The ACE-T6 is the first to use the 3D confocal microscope on the International Space Station (ISS).  This will provide quantitative 3D microgravity images from which to extract data not available on Earth. P&G is learning to control these instabilities with measurements of model systems on the ISS.  In this work, Dr. Matthew Lynch, Principal Scientist at P&G, studies the fundamental physics of the coarsening of colloidal gels, which are foundational to a completely different stabilization approach.  Benefits, spin-offs, and applications from this work include an extended product shelf-life, enhanced product quality, lowered production cost lowered (stabilizers are expensive), reduced transportation cost (by concentrating essence), four patent applications have been filed, inspired by the (ACE-M1 and BCAT) experiments. Additional information are provided in the latest NASA “Benefits for Humanity Publication”.

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Advance Colloids Experiment (Temperature Controlled) ACE-T6 on its way to ISS

Cleveland, OH (December 15, 2017) – SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched the CRS-13 Dragon spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on 15 December 2017. Cargo aboard the Space X Dragon resupply mission includes NASA Glenn Research Center experiments developed by ZIN that will study colloids that are 1/100th the diameter of human hair.  The experiments will use the NASA GRC Light Microscopy Module an on-board microscope also developed and operated by ZIN to determine how three-dimensional particles within fluids interact when there is no gravity. This mission marks the first time SpaceX is flying both a flight-proven Falcon 9 and a flight-proven Dragon spacecraft. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the CRS-11 mission in June 2017 and the Dragon spacecraft previously supported the CRS-6 mission in April 2015. For SpaceX’s thirteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-13), the Dragon spacecraft carries over 2177 kilograms (4800 pounds) of supplies and payloads to the International Space Station.

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Zero Boil-Off Tank (ZBOT) Experiment Has Completed ISS Operations

Cleveland, OH (December 05, 2017) – ZBOT has completed ISS operations after 11 weeks in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and after about as many years since project development began. The remainder of the science data was transferred successfully off of ZBOT, the hardware was removed from the MSG and is stowed for return on SPX-13 in January 2018. While the formal assessment of science success will be determined by our PI, Mo Kassemi,we can say that operations were very successful in terms of the system performance and the volume, quality and scientifically interesting nature of the data that was obtained. Thanks the the entire ZBOT Team including our MSG friends and others at Marshall and JSC, for your hard work, overcoming all of the challenges involved and making this possible.

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ISS FCF Combustion Integrated Rack Celebrates Eight Years of Hot Science

Cleveland, OH (November 28, 2017) – After more than eight years of igniting hot science aboard the International Space Station, the Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) was recently removed from its home on the orbiting laboratory as part of the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR). Since its installation in 2009 the apparatus enabled droplet combustion experiments as part of more than five investigations. MDCA accommodated droplet-combustion investigations that studied efficient fuel efficiency and engine production in space and on Earth. MDCA also supported the Cool Flames Investigation during Expedition 50. 

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Zero Boil-Off Tank (ZBOT) Experiment Continues Test Point Operations in the International Space Station Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Facility

Cleveland, OH (Oct 19, 2017) – Congratulations to the ZIN ZBOT Team!!  Installation of the ZBOT experiment in the MSG was completed.  To date, all planned tests at the 70% and 80% tank fill levels have been completed. Tests at the 90% fill level are underway and are scheduled to be completed on November 17, 2017. Testing with the Digital Particle Image Velocimetry diagnostic will then be performed and operations are scheduled to conclude on December 1, 2017. The ZBOT experiment is designed to examine a ventless means of controlling tank pressure through the application of active heat removal and forced liquid jet mixing. ZBOT-1 examines these thermal effects for of a volatile liquid (perfluoro-normal-pentane) and its vapor.  Additional Information

Installation of New Combustion Chamber Insert into the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) on the International Space Station (ISS)

Cleveland, OH (Oct 13, 2017) – The ISS Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF) CIR was reconfigured for the Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments (ACME) project on October 11-12, 2017. The reconfiguration of the CIR included the removal of the Multi-User Combustion Droplet Apparatus, which operated in the CIR for 8.5 years supporting liquid droplet combustion experiments. The ACME Chamber Insert Assembly and the hardware to perform the first ACME investigation, Coflow Laminar Diffusion Flame (CLD Flame), was installed and will study gas-fueled flames in the microgravity environment aboard the ISS.  The ACME project consists of six unique experiments where the primary goal is to improve fuel efficiency and reduce pollutant production in practical combustion on Earth. Its secondary goal is to improve spacecraft fire prevention through innovative research focused on materials flammability. ACME science test point operations for CLD Flame are scheduled to begin in November 2017. ACME’s on-orbit operations, covering all six investigations, will continue for approximately three years.  Additional Information

ZIN is testing on Pikes Peak to verify the NASA Saffire Flow Unit at reduced atmospheric pressure.

Cleveland, OH (Oct 3, 2017) – In support of NASA’s Spacecraft Fire Safety Demonstration Project SAFFIRE (Spacecraft Fire Experiment) IV, V, VI flight experiments, ZIN is testing on Pikes Peak, Colorado to verify the Saffire Flow Unit (SFU) fan performance and flow uniformity at reduced atmospheric pressure. Engineers conducting/supporting the tests: Nathan Fun, Craig Motil, & Justin Funk.

NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS, is breaking records!

Cleveland, OH (Sept 27, 2017) – MMS now holds the Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal. Operating in a highly elliptical orbit around Earth, the MMS satellites set the record at 43,500 miles above the surface. The four MMS spacecraft incorporate GPS measurements into their precise tracking systems, which require extremely sensitive position and orbit calculations to guide tight flying formations. ZIN delivered four mission critical flight verified MMAMS units directly to the MMS for integration into the spacecraft.

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ZIN Technologies, Inc. Awarded the Research, Engineering, Mission and Integration Services (REMIS) Contract

Cleveland, OH (Sept 14, 2017) – ZIN Technologies Inc. (ZIN) with headquarters in Cleveland Ohio has been awarded the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Research, Engineering, Mission and Integration Services (REMIS) Contract. The REMIS contract leverages our company’s commercial approach to implement International Space Station research mission integration, operations, and real-time telescience support, as well as hardware and software development and engineering services for the remaining life of the ISS Program. REMIS is a multiple award Indefinite Delivery/ Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, which includes five Contract Line Item Number(s) (CLINS). ZIN was awarded four of the five CLINs in categories that include Research and Engineering. Authorization to perform work under the REMIS contract will be through the issuance of Task Orders. The REMIS contract consists of a 5-year base period of performance and one 2- year option. The REMIS ceiling value is $500M, including the option.

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ZIN's Carlos Grodsinsky awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

Cleveland, OH (Aug 24, 2017) – ZIN congratulates our COO, Carlos Grodsinsky, who was awarded the Exceptional Public Service Medal in a ceremony at NASA. This award, dated June 15, 2017, was given to Carlos for “leading and implementing the unified state-wide aerospace vision plus developing and operating over 40 unique ISS payloads”.

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Cleveland, OH (July 10, 2017) –  Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc, successfully conducted a series of hot-fire tests on a Power Processing Unit (PPU) for an Advanced Electric Propulsion System (AEPS) designed to advance the nation's commercial space capabilities as well as support NASA's plans for deep space exploration. The tests were conducted at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. ZIN Technologies Inc. (ZIN) supporting Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. provided the XFC driver design was part of this test.  This is a critical step in providing advanced Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), which is necessary for affordable cargo and logistics transportation in support of human missions to Mars. Read Full Press Release

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ZIN Selected as a Small Business Partner by Dynetics, Inc. to Support the Universal Stage Adapter Contract for Space Launch System Rocket

Cleveland, OH (June 8, 2017) –  ZIN Technologies Inc. (ZIN) with headquarters in Cleveland Ohio has been selected by prime contractor Dynetics, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama as a small business partner to support development of the awarded NASA Glenn Research Center’s prime contract to manage the Universal Stage Adapter (USA) from design to assembly for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Under the contract, the Dynetics Team will design, develop, test, evaluate, produce and deliver the first USA for the second integrated mission of SLS and Orion, known as Exploration Mission-2, or EM-2. This mission will be the first flight with crew aboard NASA’s new deep space exploration systems. The adapter will connect NASA’s Orion spacecraft and provide additional cargo space for the future configurations of the rocket containing an exploration upper stage (EUS). SLS, the world's most powerful rocket, will launch astronauts aboard Orion to deep space, sending humans farther into the solar system than ever before as we prepare for missions to Mars. ZIN as part of the Dynetics Team will build elements of the USA in Northeast Ohio.

The USA will house and protect large co-manifested payloads, such as habitats and deep-space exploration spacecraft, and secondary payloads including CubeSats. NASA’s SLS with the exploration upper stage for EM-2 is expected to lift more than 105 metric tons (231,000 pounds) from the Earth’s surface. The USA will stand 32.4 feet tall and will measure 27.6 feet in diameter at its largest point, and will provide environmental control to payloads during ground operations, launch and ascent, while also accommodating the electrical and communication paths between the EUS and Orion. Read Full Press Release

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Cleveland, OH (December 8, 2016) – ZIN Technologies Inc. has been selected by prime contractor a.i. solutions as a small business partner in support of the recently awarded Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 3 (ELVIS 3) contract.  ELVIS 3 supports NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) in providing end-to-end launch services for NASA and NASA-sponsored payloads on commercial expendable launch vehicles. Work on the contract will be based at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and will include activities at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Read Full Press Release

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ZIN Awarded NASA/JSC SEAM Categories D&E Contract

Cleveland, OH (Novewmber 26, 2016) – ZIN Technologies, Inc. and our subcontractor Dynetics was recently awarded the NASA/JSC Specialized Engineering, Aeronautics and Manufacturing (SEAM) Categories D (Ground Support Engineering Services) & E (Fabrication and Provisioning) contract. This is a multi-award contract that ZIN will actively compete Task Orders against two other winning companies in each category. This is the first award from the new NASA/JSC Flight Operations Directorate (FOD) contract set.

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ZIN Awarded Subcontract to Power Spacecraft to Supply Space Station

Cleveland, OH (August 3, 2016) – NASA announced the Commercial Resupply Services – 2 (CRS2) awards on Thursday January 11th, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its Team were awarded an International Space Station (ISS) resupply contract for its Dream Chaser spacecraft.  ZIN Technologies under a subcontract to Aerojet RocketDyne (AR) will provide engineering and flight hardware for the electronic power system (EPS) for the vehicle.  This second commercial resupply cargo services contract will provide a minimum of six cargo delivery service missions to and from the ISS utilizing the SNC’s Dream Chaser Cargo System.  NASA’s selection of SNC for the CRS2 program will enable spacecraft reusability and commercial runway landings for United States’ cargo delivery and access to the ISS through 2024.  Read Full Press Release

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ZIN Awarded Subcontract to Improve Solar Electric Propulsion for Deep Space Exploration

Cleveland, OH (April 19, 2016) – NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. of Redmond, Washington and ZIN Technologies, Inc., to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nation's commercial space capabilities, and enable deep space exploration missions and its Journey to Mars. The advanced electric propulsion system is the next step in NASA’s Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) project, which is developing critical technologies to extend the range and capabilities of ambitious new science and exploration missions.  Read Full Press Release

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ZIN Supports the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS)

Cleveland, OH (April 15, 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: Read Full Article

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Eight NASA Glenn workers win Silver Snoopy awards

Cleveland, OH (December 15, 2015) –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: Read Full Article

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ZIN Awarded NASA JPL MEDALs contract to support Robotic Exploration of the Solar System

Cleveland, OH (June 15, 2015) –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. 

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ZIN Awarded Subcontract to support the NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster – Commercial (NEXT-C)

Cleveland, OH (April 21, 2015) –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.

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