Astrotech's 1st Detect Unit Introduces Its Latest Technology Breakthrough

Astrotech's 1st Detect Unit Introduces Its Latest Technology Breakthrough

Company Partners With SparkCognition to Bring Cutting Edge Cognitive Analytics
to the Mass Spectrometry Industry

AUSTIN, Texas, June 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 1^st Detect, a subsidiary of
Astrotech (Nasdaq:ASTC), is pleased to pleased to announce a strategic
alliance with SparkCognition, developers of MindSpark, the award winning
Cognitive Analytics platform for the industrial internet. By embedding novel
Data Science algorithms and advanced neural network powered analytics in our
MMS-1000 instrument, 1^st Detect will be well positioned to bring the first
adaptive and predictive data analysis solution to the chemical detection and
monitoring industry.

"Typical data processing with mass spectrometers is antiquated, slow and
cumbersome. Our strategic alliance with SparkCognition continues our culture
of introducing disruptive technology breakthroughs that are reshaping the mass
spectrometry market by delivering state-of-the-art data analytics," said
Thomas B. Pickens III, Chairman and CEO of 1^st Detect. "Cognitive and
Predictive Analytics capabilities allow chemical data to be more thoroughly
understood while learning from those conclusions to make better predictions in
the future."

"We are very pleased about our partnership with 1^st Detect, which will bring
a richrepertoireof industry-leading capabilities to the MMS-1000," said Amir
Husain, Founder and CEO of SparkCognition. "The mobile chemical analysis made
possible with 1^stDetect's products presents a compelling industrial internet
application with monumental growth potential. Advanced analytics combined with
a cost-effective sensor, like the MMS-1000, can solve massive problems in
multiple large markets."

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, affordable and easily portable package. The 1^st
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 itan ideal tool for a variety of applications in the research, security,
industrial, process flow and healthcare markets.

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 miniaturized mass spectrometer that
fills an unmet need by being highly accurate, rapid, lightweight, and
cost-effective. 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

About SparkCognition, Inc.
SparkCognition, Inc. is a leading Cognitive Analytics software company based
in Austin, Texas. Its award-winning MindSpark platform and Cognitive
Fingerprinting technology model physical and virtual assets, continuously
learn from data, and derive intelligent insights to secure and protect assets
round the clock. SparkCognition has partnerships with IBM Power Systems Group,
SoftLayer (an IBM Company) and HP.For more information on the company, its
technology and team, please visit

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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