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NASA Awards Not-to-Exceed $16 Million Task Order Contract to Astrotech Space Operations- California

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AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astrotech Corporation, (Nasdaq:ASTC), a leading provider of commercial space services, today announced that its Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) subsidiary has won a Not-to-Exceed $16 million Infinite-Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) task order contract for commercial payload processing services at Vandenberg Air Force Base ("VAFB"), California.

Under the contract, Astrotech Space Operations will compete for future missions NASA is planning for launch from VAFB. The contract ordering period runs through December, 2017.

"We are proud to continue serving our NASA customer at Vandenberg AFB," stated ASO General Manager Don M. White, Jr. "Astrotech VAFB is currently processing the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, the seventh, and last mission on the current IDIQ contract awarded in 2007."

In support of 2013 launches, ASO Florida will be processing NASA satellites TDRS-K and TDRS-L as part of an ongoing Eastern Range IDIQ contract, added White.

From Titusville, Florida, and Vandenberg AFB, California, Astrotech Space Operations provides all support necessary for government and commercial customers to successfully process their satellite hardware for launch, including advance planning; use of unique facilities; and spacecraft checkout, encapsulation, fueling, and transport. In its 31-year history, Astrotech has supported the successful processing of more than 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 Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) has been a global satellite processing leader since 1981. With more than 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, product performance 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.

CONTACT: Carlisle Kirkpatrick Chief Financial Officer Astrotech Corporation 512.485.9530 IR@astrotechcorp.com

Source:Astrotech Corporation