1st Detech explosives trace detector passes ECAC test for cargo screening

1st Detect, a wholly owned subsidiary of Texas-based Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC) has announced it has received initial notice that its explosives trace detector (ETD), the TRACER 1000, has successfully passed the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC)´s Common Evaluation Process (CEP) test for airport cargo screening, the company said.

The TRACER 1000 was the first mass spectrometry-based ETD to pass ECAC´s stringent laboratory testing protocol for checkpoint security and has now achieved a second major milestone in less than a month, becoming the first mass spectrometry-based ETD to pass ECAC´s test for cargo screening. It is expected that 1st Detect will receive formal certification for both checkpoint and cargo screening at the CEP Management Group´s next meeting.

1st Detect develops, manufactures, and sells chemical analyzers for use in the security, defense, healthcare, and environmental markets.

Astrotech is a science and technology development and commercialization company that launches, manages, and builds scalable companies based on innovative technology in order to maximize shareholder value.