30 January 2014
Astrotech Corp. (NASDAQ: ASTC) subsidiary 1st Detect Corp. said that the company has entered into a strategic OEM agreement with Rigaku Corp. of Tokyo, Japan.
The 1st 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.
1st Detect and Rigaku have co-developed the successful integration of their technologies and have now completed the development of a thermogravimetric analyzer. The integrated instrument named Thermo iMS2 is the first integrated TGA with MS/MS capabilities.
The OEM-1000PI, is a mass spectrometer component that is based on 1st 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.
1st Detect Corp. was formed by Astrotech to develop and commercialize miniature mass spectrometer technology first developed under an agreement with NASA for use on the International Space Station. Its website is at www.1stDetect.com.
Astrotech is one of the first space commerce companies and remains a strong entrepreneurial force in the aerospace industry.