1st Detect Corp Announces OEM Agreement

1st Detect Corp Announces OEM Agreement

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 1^st Detect Corporation, a
subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq:ASTC) announced today that the
company has entered into a strategic OEM agreement with RIGAKU Corporation of
Tokyo, Japan. The 1^st Detect OEM-1000PI mass spectrometer has been integrated
with RIGAKU's Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) to offer a higher performance,
smaller and more cost effective solution than what is currently available in
today's world market.

1^st Detect and RIGAKU have co-developed the successful integration of our
respective technologies and have now completed the development of a highly
capable and very competitively Thermogravimetric Analyzer. The integrated
instrument named Thermo iMS^2 is the world's first integrated TGA with MS/MS
capabilities and is expected to be well received by the international research
and development markets.

"We are extremely pleased to be working with RIGAKU, a world recognized leader
in chemical analysis instrumentation. This agreement marks a significant
milestone in both our corporate progress and is a major endorsement of 1^st
Detect's miniature mass spectrometer technology," said Thomas B. Pickens III,
Chairman and CEO of 1^st Detect.

The OEM-1000PI, is a mass spectrometer component that is based on 1^st
Detect's revolutionary MMS-1000™ instrument, and was customized to integrate
RIGAKU's stringent specifications including photo-ionization, atmospheric
pressure sample introduction and a wider mass range than today's state of the
art cylindrical ion trap mass spectrometry.

"We are proud to have had the opportunity to leverage our expertise in
miniature mass spectrometry to provide a world-class chemical analyzer to
RIGAKU," added David Rafferty, President & CTO of 1^st Detect, "by integrating
our breakthrough technologies, RIGAKU is able to offer a TGA system that
provides more performance, in a smaller instrument, than the competition."

1^st Detect Corporation has developed an instrument that revolutionizes the
chemical detection and analysis market by delivering lab performance mass
spectrometry in a small, fast and affordable instrument. The 1^st Detect mass
spectrometer's broad capabilities make it an ideal tool for a variety of
applications in the research, security, industrial, process flow and
healthcare markets; and is capable of detecting a wide variety of chemicals
including residues and vapors from plastics and polymers.

About 1^st Detect Corporation

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

About Astrotech Corporation

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 business unit serves our government and commercial
satellite and spacecraft customers with pre-launch services on the eastern and
western range. 1^st Detect Corporation has developed a breakthrough miniature
mass spectrometer, while Astrogenetix, Inc. is a biotechnology company
utilizing microgravity as a research platform for drug discovery and

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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