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Austin, TX (November 18, 2014) - 

Austin, Texas (November 18, 2014) – 1st Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq:ASTC), announced today that the MMS-1000 mass spectrometer has met the regulatory requirements for CE certification. The CE testing process ensures the safety and performance of the MMS-1000 according to standard testing methodologies published by the European Commission as IEC 61010-1:2010 (3rd Edition) and IEC 61326:2012‐07.


“We are focused on delivering our breakthrough technology to the international marketplace, including the European Union." said Thomas B Pickens III, Chairman and CEO of 1st Detect. “The CE certification clearly demonstrates our ability to meet the needs of this important market and allows us to bring faster, smaller, and more cost effective instrumentation safely to customers.”

The IEC standards ensure that customers can safely operate the MMS-1000 under normal conditions without sacrificing safety.

“The certification demonstrates the ability of the 1st Detect team to deliver high performance products to customers around the world that are designed to be compliant with a variety of national and international regulations.” added David Rafferty, President and CTO of 1st Detect.


1st Detect Corporation has developed an instrument that revolutionizes the chemical detection and analysis market by delivering lab performance mass spectrometry in a small, affordable and easily portable package. The 1st Detect mass spectrometer is capable of detecting a wide variety of chemicals including residues and vapors from explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic chemicals, food and beverage contaminants, and pollutants. These abilities make it an ideal tool for a variety of applications in the research, security, industrial, process flow and healthcare markets.


About 1st Detect Corporation

1st Detect Corporation was formed by Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq:ASTC) to develop and commercialize miniature mass spectrometry technology first developed under an agreement with NASA for use on the International Space Station. 1st Detect offers a breakthrough miniaturized mass spectrometer that fills an unmet need by being highly accurate, rapid, lightweight, and cost-effective. For more information on 1st Detect Corporation, please visit


About Astrotech Corporation

Astrotech is a leader in identifying and commercializing space technology for terrestrial use. 1st Detect Corporation is developing what we believe is a breakthrough miniaturized mass spectrometer, the MMS-1000™, while Astrogenetix, Inc. is a biotechnology company utilizing microgravity as a research platform for drug discovery and development. Astral Images provides an advanced film scanning and digital defect removal solution. All are wholly owned subsidiaries of the parent.


This press release contains 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 and 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.




Joshua Elbaum
VP, Marketing
+1 (512) 485-9530

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