1st Detect and Department of Homeland Security Enter Research & Development Agreement in Support of Transportation Security

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Astrotech (NASDAQ: ASTC) subsidiary 1st Detect has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL).

The TSL will assess 1st Detect’s explosives trace detection system, the TRACER 1000 MS-ETD. Using TSL’s credible, unbiased and objective development, test and evaluation (DT&E) process, TSL and 1st Detect will examine ways to improve trace detection capabilities in support of transportation security.

“We are excited to have reached this milestone, which is an important step toward deployment in airports, public buildings and sports venues worldwide,” said Thomas B. Pickens III, CEO of 1st Detect and parent company Astrotech.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with the TSL in validating our mass spectrometer-based explosives trace detection system, designed to protect passengers and our country’s infrastructure from evolving threats such as explosives and narcotics. With a reduced false positive rate and the unique ability to dynamically update its threat library, the TRACER 1000 is expected to enhance security while optimizing checkpoint efficiency,” added Raj Mellacheruvu, COO of 1st Detect and Astrotech.

About Astrotech

Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC) is an innovative science and technology company that invents, acquires, and commercializes technological innovations sourced from research institutions, laboratories, universities, and internally, and then funds, manages, and builds proprietary, scalable start-up companies for profitable divestiture to market leaders to maximize shareholder value. Sourced from Oak Ridge Laboratory’s chemical analyzer research, develops, manufactures, and sells chemical analyzers for use in the security, defense, healthcare, food and beverage, and environmental markets. Sourced from decades of image research from the laboratories of IBM and Kodak, sells film-to-digital image enhancement, defect removal and color correction software, and post processing services providing economically feasible conversion of television and feature 35mm and 16mm films to the new 4K ultra-high definition (UHD), high-dynamic range (HDR) format necessary for the new generation of digital distribution. Sourced from NASA’s extensive microgravity research, is applying a fast-track, on-orbit discovery platform using the International Space Station to develop vaccines and other therapeutics. Demonstrating its entrepreneurial strategy, Astrotech management sold its state-of-the-art satellite servicing operations to Lockheed Martin in August 2014. Astrotech has operations throughout Texas and is headquartered in Austin. For more information, please visit .

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 768737


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