NASA Awards Task Order Contract to Astrotech Space Operations - California for SMAP Spacecraft Processing

NASA Awards Task Order Contract to Astrotech Space Operations - California for
SMAP Spacecraft Processing

AUSTIN, Texas, March 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astrotech Corporation,
(Nasdaq:ASTC), a leading provider of commercial space services, today
announced that its Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) subsidiary has been
awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for
the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite at ASO's Vandenberg Air
Force Base, California, facility.

SMAP is the second mission awarded by NASA under the current Not-to-Exceed $16
million Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) task order contract
that runs through December, 2017. The Jet Propulsion Lab satellite, scheduled
to launch in October, 2014, will gather global measurements of soil moisture
and its freeze/thaw state from space. The three-year applied science mission
will enhance weather forecasts and climate monitoring and prediction

"Astrotech is proud to have been selected by NASA for this important earth
science mission," stated ASO General Manager Don M. White, Jr."We are excited
to be part of a mission that will provide valuable information about our
planet.SMAP will increase understanding of the conditions that influence
floods and droughts, wildfires, ecosystem health, water resources, agriculture
and forestry."

In January, NASA awarded a Not-to-Exceed $12.1 million
Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) task order contract to ASO
Florida to provide commercial payload processing services for satellites
launched at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

From Titusville, Florida, and Vandenberg AFB, California, Astrotech Space
Operations provides all support necessary for Government and commercial
customers to successfully process their satellite hardware for launch,
including advance planning; use of unique facilities; and spacecraft checkout,
encapsulation, fueling, and transport.In its 31-year history, Astrotech has
supported the successful processing of more than 300 spacecraft.

About Astrotech Corporation and Astrotech Space Operations (ASO)

Astrotech is one of the first space commerce companies and remains a strong
entrepreneurial force in the aerospace industry. We are leaders in
identifying, developing and marketing space technology for commercial use. Our
Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) has been a global satellite processing leader
since 1981. With more than 300 successful spacecraft missions to date,
Astrotech continues to provide adaptable and flexible services for its
Government and commercial customers.Astrotech Space Operations provides all
support necessary for successful spacecraft processing to prepare for launch
on a variety of domestic and foreign launch vehicles. Spacecraft undergo
pre-launch hardware integration and testing, satellite encapsulation, and
fueling before transport to the pad.Astrotech Space Operations business unit
serves our satellite and spacecraft customers with pre-launch services on the
Eastern Range (Kennedy Space Center) and Western Range (Vandenberg Air Force

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