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Astrotech's chemical analyser passes test model phase in US military trials

In the next phase the device will undergo additional testing to validate performance in a variety of military operational environments

The chemical analyser enables the detection of complex compounds with high levels of sensitivity and accuracy

Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ:ASTC) said its subsidiary 1st Detect’s chemical analyser has passed a key milestone in US military trials.

1st Detect Corporation and its strategic partner Battelle Memorial Institute completed the test model phase and were awarded the final prototype phase of the US military’s Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD) Multi-Sample Identifier (MSI) Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction Program.

In the next phase, 1st Detect will deliver multiple OEM-1000NG Core Analyzer units for integration into Battelle’s NGCD prototype solution.

Battelle is the prime contractor for the Department of Defense’s Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense next generation chemical detection solution program.

“1st Detect’s chemical analyser is the engine that enables the detection of complex compounds with high levels of sensitivity and accuracy. Through our collaboration, we have created a rugged, lightweight instrument that delivers lab quality performance and can be easily employed in the field,” said Brent Shroy, manager of Battelle’s CBRNE Product & Lifecycle Management Business.

Shares in Astrotech were up 23% at US$1.84 in late morning trading.

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