NASA today named Zin Technologies, Inc., as Minority
Contractor of the Year; Arcata Associates, Inc. as Minority
Subcontractor of the Year; and Analytical Services, Inc. as
Women Owned Business of the Year.

The three firms will be honored at the agency’s 12th Annual
Minority Business and Advocates Awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m.
EDT on Sept. 23, 2003, at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
The Minority Business and Advocates Awards ceremony is held
in conjunction with Minority Enterprise Development Week.

NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe will present the awards
following his annual “State of Small Business at NASA”
address. The ceremony will be carried live on NASA TV
available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-Band, located at 85
degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz.
Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

Zin Technologies is headquartered in Brook Park, Ohio and a
prime contractor at NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC). Zin
provides microgravity research and development. It operates
microgravity science payloads for ground and spaceflight
research. Zin operates under an ISO Certified Quality
Management Systems and has partnered with GRC on more than
95 science payloads since 1990. Zin Technologies was one of
the first developers operating science payloads on the
International Space Station with a continuous presence since
April 2001. Zin was recently recognized with the GRC
Software of the Year and Northern Ohio Minority Business
Council Technology Award.

Arcata Associates, Inc. is based in North Las Vegas, Nev.
Arcata is a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin and Computer
Sciences Corporation. Arcata provides Video/Voice
Teleconferencing support under the Consolidated Space
Operations Contract. They provide Interactive Multimedia
Services, Imaging Services, and Audio/Visual Communications
to Computer Sciences Corporation under the Program
Information Systems Mission Services contract. The activity
takes place primarily at Marshall Space Flight Center
(MSFC), Ala.

Analytical Services, Inc. provides program planning and
development support services to the Orbital Space Plane
(OSP) program, which includes program planning, technical
writing and multimedia design and development. Analytical
Services, Inc. provides services in support of the OSP
mission to provide a system for crew rescue from the
International Space Station by 2010, crew and limited cargo
transport to and from the Station by 2012. It is also
supporting the management of the design and development of a
new multipurpose space transportation system for assured
access to space and to provide operational flexibility for

NASA is also recognizing outstanding advocates within the
agency for their contributions and innovative approaches to
using minority and women owned businesses. Gloria Marsh,
Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Bill Padilla, NASA’s Jet
Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Calif., and David Kankam, GRC
will receive NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal.

Special Recognition Awards will be presented for specific
accomplishments and outstanding contributions to NASA’s
Small Business Program to: ION Corporation, Hopkins, Minn.;
Ms. Ginger Conrad, Editor and Publisher of Minority Business
Entrepreneur Magazine, Torrance, Calif.; Page Environmental
Corporation, Baltimore; and Ms. Carol Foster, Editor of
Minority Business News, USA, Dallas.

NASA Headquarters and five NASA field Centers will be
recognized for meeting or exceeding all of their negotiated
socio-economic small business goals for fiscal year 2002.
The Centers are Dryden Space Flight Research Center, Calif.;
GRC; Langley Research Center, Va.; JPL; and, MSFC.

For more information and a full list of winners, visit the
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