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Astrotech's 1st Detect unit allies with SparkCognition

27 June 2014

Astrotech (NASDAQ: ASTC) subsidiary 1st Detect said it is pleased to pleased to announce a strategic alliance with SparkCognition.

“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, CEO of 1st 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.”

1st Detect 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 1st 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 it an ideal tool for a variety of applications in the research, security, industrial, process flow and healthcare markets.

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. 1st Detect offers a breakthrough miniaturized mass spectrometer that fills an unmet need by being highly accurate, rapid, lightweight, and cost-effective. For more information, visit

Astrotech is one of the first space commerce companies and remains a strong entrepreneurial force in the aerospace industry.


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