Astrotech to Process Second Navy MUOS Satellite

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AUSTIN, Texas, July 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astrotech Corporation, (Nasdaq:ASTC) and its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary (ASO), leading providers of commercial space services, today announced that the U. S. Department of the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has selected ASO to provide payload processing services for the second in a series of Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites.

Astrotech supported the first MUOS satellite that launched in February 2012 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Last year, the Navy awarded ASO a contract for the initial MUOS satellite pre-launch support with the Navy's exclusive right to exercise options for payload processing on up to four additional satellites.

"Astrotech looks forward to supporting the next MUOS satellite launch," stated ASO General Manager Don M. White Jr. "We are proud to play a role in the MUOS program, doing our part towards improving satellite communications for U.S. forces."

From Titusville, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Astrotech Space Operations provides all support necessary for government and commercial customers to successfully process their satellite hardware for launch, including advanced planning; use of unique facilities; and spacecraft checkout, encapsulation, fueling and transport. Additionally, ASO has demonstrated expertise in design and fabrication of spacecraft processing facilities and ground support equipment "GSE". In its 30-year history, Astrotech has supported the processing of nearly 300 spacecraft.

About Astrotech Corporation and Astrotech Space Operations (ASO)

Astrotech is one of the first space commerce companies and remains a strong entrepreneurial force in the aerospace industry. We are leaders in identifying, developing and marketing space technology for commercial use. Our core business, Astrotech Space Operations (ASO), has been a global satellite processing leader since 1981. With nearly 300 successful spacecraft missions to date, Astrotech continues to provide adaptable and flexible services for its government and commercial customers. Astrotech Space Operations provides all support necessary for successful spacecraft processing to prepare for launch on a variety of domestic and foreign launch vehicles. Spacecraft undergo pre-launch hardware integration and testing, satellite encapsulation, and fueling before transport to the pad. Astrotech Space Operations business unit serves our satellite and spacecraft customers with pre-launch services on the eastern (Kennedy Space Center) and western (Vandenberg Air Force Base) range.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, trends, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from the forward-looking statement. These factors include, but are not limited to, continued government support and funding for key space programs, customer and market acceptance of products and services, as well as other risk factors and business considerations described in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings including the annual report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statements in this document should be evaluated in light of these important risk factors. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

John Porter
Chief Financial Officer
Astrotech Corporation
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