Astrotech's (Nasdaq: ASTC) 1st Detect Awarded U.S. Patent For Novel Pre-Concentration Technology

     Astrotech's (Nasdaq: ASTC) 1st Detect Awarded U.S. Patent For Novel
                         Pre-Concentration Technology

PR Newswire

AUSTIN, Texas, July 14, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --1^st Detect Corporation, a
subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation (Nasdaq: ASTC), announced today that the
United States Patent Office ("USPTO") has allowed the issuance of a key patent
for improving the sensitivity and identification capability of the company's
unique ion trap mass spectrometer used for chemical analysis and detection.

1st Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation.

"We are extremely pleased that the USPTO has allowed this
patent,strengthening our extensive intellectual property portfolio and
further defining1^stDetectasthe leaderindetectingand identifyingtrace
chemicalsdown to parts per trillion," said Thomas B Pickens III, Chairman and
CEO of 1^st Detect. "Applications for this patent span all of our target
markets from airports and military to the factory floors of semiconductor
foundries, petrochemical plants and industrial food processors."

U.S. Patent No. 8,784,737, entitled, 'Introducing an Analyte into a Chemical
Analyzer' is a key technological advantage for 1^st Detect that can perform
chemical separation and improve the sensitivity of portable small mass
spectrometers, a key advantage over competitor's slow, bulky and expensive
GC-MS solutions.

"This patent protects our ability to offer small and affordable chemical
analysis that is able to identify a wide range of chemicals with better
sensitivity and speed than competing solutions," added David Rafferty, the
inventor of the novel technology and President and CTO of 1^st Detect.

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 range 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
visitwww.1stDetect.com.

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
development.

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joshua Elbaum
VP, Marketing
+1 (512) 485-9530
jelbaum@1stdetect.com

Astrotech Corporation

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