1st Detect is a manufacturer of advanced mini‐mass spectrometry technology used to detect and analyze explosives, narcotics, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Our proprietary technology has introduced a new generation of laboratory-performance instrumentation that can be used for many applications in the field, including security and defense, health, environmental, and process control.

With an extensive patent and trade secret portfolio, 1st Detect’s team of scientists and engineers deliver laboratory‐performance mass spectrometry analysis at a fraction of the cost and size.

Incorporated by Astrotech in 2008, 1st Detect was initially formed 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.

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.