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Austin, TX (February 1, 2010) - 

Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC), a leading provider of commercial space services, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended December 31, 2009 of its fiscal year 2010.


Second Quarter Results

The Company posted a second quarter fiscal year 2010 net income of $1.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share on revenue of $8.1 million, compared with a second quarter fiscal year 2009 net loss of $1.6 million, or $(0.09) per diluted share, on revenue of $3.8 million.


“We continue to deliver on our commitments to our customers,” said Thomas B. Pickens III, Astrotech’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The outstanding performance of the past four quarters shows our core business, ASO, is as strong as ever.”


Six Months Results

Astrotech's net income for the first six months of 2010 was $2.5 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, on revenue of $15.8 million. This compares to a net loss of $1.5 million, or $(0.09) per diluted share, on revenue of $9.8 million for first six months fiscal year 2009. The reported financials represent a 61% increase in revenue year over year, and results in a cash position of over $7.0 million.


Update of Ongoing Operations

The Company experienced another strong quarter for ASO, with all $8.1 million of consolidated revenue generated by that business. ASO supported five successful launches in the second quarter, including WorldView-2, ARES IX, Intelsat 14, WGS-3 and WISE. In addition to these launches, ASO provided support for several missions which are in process at the Company’s facilities in Titusville, Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base.


The Company’s 18-month rolling backlog at December 31, 2009, which includes contractual backlog and scheduled but uncommitted missions, is $27.2 million. The majority is for ASO pre-launch satellite processing services, which include hardware launch preparation; advance planning; use of unique satellite preparation facilities; and, spacecraft checkout, encapsulation, fueling, transport, and remote control through launch.

Financial Position and Liquidity

Working capital reached $6.9 million on December 31, 2009, which included $7.0 million in cash and $9.4 million of accounts receivable.


Financial Tables for FY2010 2nd Quarter [PDF 24.51KB]


About Astrotech Corporation

Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq: ASTC) is a commercial aerospace company that provides spacecraft payload processing and government services, designs and manufactures space hardware, and commercializes space technologies for use on Earth. The Company serves our government and commercial satellite and spacecraft customers with our pre-launch services from our Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) subsidiary and incubates space technology businesses now having formed three companies; the 1st Detect Corporation which is developing a breakthrough mini-mass spectrometer first developed for the International Space Station; Astrogenetix, Inc. which is producing biotech products in space and has recently developed a vaccine candidate for Salmonella; and Airward Corporation which is drawing on its space heritage of sending cargo to space by selling hazardous material containers for the airline industry.


The statements in this document may contain forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, trends, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from the forward-looking statement. These factors include, but are not limited to, continued government support and funding for key space programs, product performance and market acceptance of products and services, as well as other risk factors and business considerations described in the company's Securities & Exchange Commission filings including the annual report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statements in this document should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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