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Cablegate: Extrancheck: Pre-License Check: Iki Ran Space

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DE RUEHMO #0658 0671251
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 071251Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC PRIORITY
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 7069
RHMFIUU/US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS MOSCOW 000658

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

USDOC FOR 532/OEA/MHAMES/JHOWARD
USDOC FOR 3150/USFCS/OIO/CEENIS/MCOSTA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: BEXP ETRD ETTC RS
SUBJECT: EXTRANCHECK: PRE-LICENSE CHECK: IKI RAN SPACE
RESEARCH INSTITUTE, MOSCOW, RUSSIA, LICENSE NO.
D389605

REFTEL: USDOC 00820

1. Unauthorized disclosure of the information provided
below is prohibited by Section 12C of the Export
Administration Act.

2. Reftel requested a Pre-license check to determine
the legitimacy and reliability of the end-user,
Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Space Research
Institute, Moscow, Russia. The company is listed on
BIS license application D389605 as the ultimate
consignee of eight AD7821 high speed, up-compatible,
cmos, 8-bit sampling adc. These items are controlled
for national security and nuclear proliferation
reasons under ECCN 3A001. The licensee is Analog
Devices, Inc., 3 Technology way, Norwood, MA 02062.

3. On February 28, 2008, Export Control Attache Peter
Liston and LES Natalya Shipitsina conducted the
requested pre-license check at the offices of (RAS)
Space Research Institute, 84/32 Profsoyuznaya st.,
Moscow, Russia. The export control team met with Igor
Mitrofanov, Doctor of Sciences, Ph.D, , Head of
Laboratory of space gamma-ray spectroscopy.

4. The Russian Academy of Science (RAS), Space
Research Institute is one of the leading organizations
in the field of investigations of Outer Space, Solar
System planets and other objects of the Universe. The
Space Research Institute (IKI) is primarily in charge
of long-range planning and elaboration of space
research programs, of which a considerable part is
performed within the framework of international space
research cooperation. The Space Research Institute
takes part in the Federal Space Program that is being
formed by the RAS Space Council and by the appropriate
sections of this Council together with the Federal
Space Agency (Roscosmos). The Space Research Institute
of the Russian Academy of Science has cooperated in
projects with Russia's Federal Space Agency (FSA),
NASA and European Space Agency (ESA).

5. Igor Mitrofanov, Doctor of Sciences, Ph.D, , Head
of Laboratory of space gamma-ray spectroscopy, is the
research specialist in charge of the Dynamic Albedo of
Neutrons (DAN) project. Igor Mitrofanov when on to
explain that the DAN project is intended to detect
subsurface water on Mars. One way to look for water
on Mars is to look for neutrons escaping from the
planet's surface. Cosmic rays from space constantly
bombard the surface of Mars, knocking neutrons in
soils and rocks out of their atomic orbits. If liquid
or frozen water happens to be present, hydrogen atoms
slow the neutrons down. In this way, some of the
neutrons escaping into space have less energy and move
more slowly. These slower particles can be measured
with a neutron detector.

6. Igor Mitrofanov, Doctor of Sciences, Ph.D, , Head
of Laboratory of space gamma-ray spectroscopy
described the intended use of the (8) AD7821 high
speed, up compatible, CMOS, 8-bit as a means to
convert analog readings to digital during the DAN
project. Igor Mitrofanov was familiar with the
products performance and characteristics, and stated
that in his lab, he makes every attempt to obtain the
highest quality products available in the open market.

7. The Export Control Team Moscow did not ditect any
possible connect with State sponsored terrorism, and
the lab is not involved in any chemical, biological,
nuclear or missile programs.

8. Recommendations: Post recommends Russian Academy of
Sciences (RAS) Space Research Institute, Moscow,
Russia, as reliable recipients of sensitive U.S.
origin commodities. It is requested that post be
notified of final disposition of the application, and
of any shipments for this organization in order to
conduct appropriate FCS follow-up and statistical
reporting.
(FCS MOSCOW/MOGRADY/PLISTON)
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