Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC) has announced that — following a successful demonstration with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel — 1st Detect´s TRACER 1000 MS-ETD will be available for demonstration at Astrotech´s annual meeting of shareholders, to be held on Dec. 7, 2017 in Austin, TX, the company said.
The TRACER 1000 is a mass spectrometry-based explosives trace detector (ETD), custom-developed for the TSA as an improvement over and replacement for the ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) ETD systems currently deployed at aviation checkpoints worldwide.
These antiquated IMS systems have many shortcomings — most notably their limited library of detectable compounds, inability to adapt to emerging threats, and significant false positive rates that extend security wait times.
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, 1st Detect 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, Astral Images 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, Astrogenetix 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 information, visit www.astrotechcorp.com.