AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astrotech Corporation, (Nasdaq:ASTC), a leading provider of commercial space services, today announced that its Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) subsidiary has been awarded a NASA Not-to-Exceed $9.1 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract for commercial payload processing services at ASO Florida. Under the new contract, NASA may task ASO to provide payload processing facilities and services for NASA missions launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The contract ordering period runs through December, 2017. Last month ASO was awarded a $16 million IDIQ contract for Western Range spacecraft processing at the Vandenberg Air Force Base facility in California. "We are proud to continue our long-standing supplier relationship with NASA-Kennedy Space Center," stated ASO General Manager Don M. White, Jr. "This is Astrotech's third NASA IDIQ contract for East Coast processing." ASO Florida has provided payload processing for NASA satellites such as RBSP, Juno, SDO, LRO/LCROSS, GRAIL, and most recently, TDRS-K, scheduled to launch Jan. 30. TDRS-L will arrive for processing later this year. 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.