Mini-Treadmill for Musculoskeletal Health

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC08CA16C
Agency Tracking Number: 066013
Amount: $599,960.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: X14.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2001 Aerospace Parkway, Brook Park, OH, 44142-1001
DUNS: 05466
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Bradley Humphreys
 Principal Investigator
 (216) 925-1616
Business Contact
 Gradmon Boling
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (216) 925-1279
Research Institution
ZIN Technologies, Inc. is developing a novel Miniature Treadmill with resistive exercise capability for use in spaceflight exercise countermeasures and broad terrestrial therapeutic applications. The treadmill offers excellent periodic impact exercise to stimulate bone remodeling and cardiovascular activity as well as an added component of resistive exercise to encourage all-body muscle maintenance. The goal of this project is to demonstrate by design and analysis that the proposed treadmill will satisfy the stringent volumetric, power, and performance requirements demanded by lunar missions and provide the active feedback necessary to control the treadmill and display Daily Load Stimulus (DLS). We are additionally developing a new novel speed control algorithm in which the runner can modulate the treadmill speed through adjusting their stride. A new subject load device is being developed for use in providing a more earthlike gravity replacement load to astronauts during spaceflight. We along with our partner the Cleveland Clinic believe that a hybrid compact exercise device along with the direct feedback of DLS is a unique and new approach that will provide a superior in space exercise system than ones currently in use on ISS.

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