1st Detect was formed by Astrotech Corporation to commercialize miniature mass spectrometer technology developed for the International Space Station (ISS). The company identified the terrestrial utility of such a device and began parallel development of a commercial unit to be deployed in the security, healthcare, and industrial markets.

Leveraging the parent company’s 25-year heritage of developing high performance, lightweight, ruggedized systems for the space program, 1st Detect has been able to revolutionize the mass spectrometer industry by offering the same performance as laboratory instruments, but at a price and in a form factor similar to today’s handheld detectors.