Introducing the TRACER 1000

The world's first low-cost, mass spectrometry-based explosives & narcotics detector.


Security & Defense

Strengthening security with simultaneous detection of explosives and narcotics.


1st Detect’s heritage begins in 2007, when the original team entered into a Space Act Agreement with NASA to develop an air quality monitoring instrument for the International Space Station.

The company was officially incorporated the following year by Astrotech, in order to commercialize the innovative, miniature mass spectrometer technology developed for NASA.

Since then, 1st Detect’s team has revolutionized the mass spectrometer industry with our product’s small and transportable size, customizable and easy-to-use interface, and laboratory-quality performance.

Engineered in state-of-the-art research and production facilities, our instruments are designed for use in the security, healthcare and industrial markets.


Capable of detecting a wide range of threats with minimal false positives and rapid analysis time, returning to an immediate ready state between each analysis.

Our scientists and engineers are working every day to make our world a safer place.