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UNCLAS STATE 014505

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FOR ECON SHANE M. PETERSEN

E.O. 12958: N/A
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SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN PRE-LICENSE END USE CHECK ON
APPLICATION 050213112 AND 050213247 AND POST-SHIPMENT
CHECK ON LICENSE 050141493 AND 050143433

1. This is an action message. See paragraphs 2-4.

2. The Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls
Compliance (PM/DTCC) requests post assistance in conducting a
pre-license and post-shipment check for the export of
satellite components to Germany. Post is requested to
complete this Blue Lantern check within 30 days. Lack of
response to a Blue Lantern check will affect pending and
future licenses involving parties to this license.

3. Reason for request: the commodity of these four DDTC
licenses are radiation hardened components for use by the
German company Jena-Optronik GmbH in the manufacture of its
ASTRO 10 star trackers that will be installed on two
satellites. All components are United States Munitions List
(USML) items controlled under the International Traffic in
Arms Regulations (ITAR). Jena-Optronik's Internet website
provides descriptive literature about its various star
trackers, and there it states that the ASTRO 10 is of "ITAR
Parts free design". Although Jena-Optronik advertises its
ASTRO 10 star trackers as ITAR-free, these licenses are
evidence that some ASTRO 10 star trackers do have
ITAR-controlled content. This apparent discrepancy raises
issues about export controls and possible ITAR violations.
The Department therefore wishes to conduct a Blue Lantern
check in order to query Jena-Optronik about its star trackers.

4. ACTION: Please contact the Foreign End User/Foreign
Consignee, Jena-Optronik GmbH, and make inquiries regarding
the content of its star trackers and the sale of these items.

The following questions are provided as guidance:

--Jena-Optronik's ASTRO 10 star trackers are described on its
website as "ITAR Parts free design". Why then is
Jena-Optronik requesting ITAR-controlled components for ASTRO
10 star trackers?

--Do some or all ASTRO 10 star trackers contain
ITAR-controlled parts?

--What percentage of the ASTRO 10 star trackers manufactured
by Jena-Optronik contain ITAR-controlled parts?

--Why do some ASTRO 10 star trackers contain ITAR-controlled
components and others do not?

--Who specifically requested and decided that the ASTRO 10
star trackers for use on these two satellites should contain
ITAR-controlled components?

--Has Jena-Optronik ever used ITAR-controlled parts on any of
its star trackers that were subsequently advertised, labeled,
or sold as being "ITAR-free"?

--Has Jena-Optronik sold any star tracker with U.S.-origin
ITAR-controlled content to an end-user not authorized by DDTC
license?

--Has Jena-Optronik sold any of its star trackers to China or
Iran, either through direct sales or via intermediaries? If
so, please provide details on how many and what type of star
trackers have been sold.

--Has Jena-Optronik sold any star trackers to China or Iran
which contained any U.S.-origin components, whether
ITAR-controlled or not? Please provide details about all
U.S.-origin parts used in any star trackers that
Jena-Optronik has sold to China or Iran, including part
description, stock number, source, and U.S. company of
manufacture.

--Has Jena-Optronik used all of the ITAR-controlled
components it has ever received via DDTC licenses, or does it
currently maintain a stockpile of unused parts? Request that
Jena-Optronik provide an accounting of all holdings it has of
unused ITAR-controlled components in storage, including the
disposition of any parts that were defective or destroyed.
Jena-Optronik should identify the DDTC licenses through which
it obtained all of the ITAR-controlled parts it currently has
stockpiled. Also ask Jena-Optronik if it has ever
re-transferred or re-exported any U.S.-origin ITAR-controlled
components without DDTC authorization.

--Finally, ask Jena-Optronik if it understands the
restrictions on U.S.-origin ITAR-controlled commodities,
particularly the prohibition against re-transfers or
re-exports without express USG authorization.

END ACTION.

5. License Information:

A) DDTC Case Number 050213112

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

30 Integrated Circuit, Static Random Access Memory,
Radiation Hardened, HX6228TQRC (128K x 8), 5962R9853701QXC

LICENSE VALUE: USD 75,000.00

APPLICANT/SOURCE:

Minco Technology Labs Inc.
1805 Rutherford Lane
Austin, Texas 78754 USA

COMMODITY MANUFACTURER:

Honeywell Defense and Space Electronics
1200 State Highway 55
Plymouth, Minnesota 55441 USA

FOREIGN INTERMEDIATE CONSIGNEES:

German Space Agency
DLR Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft-und Raumfahrt e.V.
Linder Hohe, D-51147 Koln
GERMANY

German Research Center for Geosciences
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum
Telegrafenberg, D-14473 Potsdam
GERMANY

Interspace
2 Rond Pint Guillaumant
F-31029 Toulouse
FRANCE

Kayser-Threde GmbH
Wolfratshauser Strasse 48
D-81379 Munich
GERMANY

ESA/ESTEC
European Space Agency
Keplerlaan 1
NL-2200 AG Noordwijk
NETHERLANDS

Orbitale Hochtechnologie Bremen-System AG (OHB)
Universitatsalle 27-29
D-28359 Bremen
GERMANY

IABG
Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH
Einsteinstr. 20
D-85521 Ottobrunn
GERMANY

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co.KG
Gerberstrasse 49
D-71501 Backnang
GERMANY

FOREIGN END USER:

Jena-Optronik GmbH
Prussingstrasse 41
D-07745 Jena
GERMANY
Tel: 49 3641 200-110

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

Parts will be integrated into ASTRO 10. The ASTRO 10 is an
autonomous star tracker manufactured and assembled by
Jena-Optronik GmbH. It is used to control a satellite's
attitude in orbit by utilization of astronomic star patterns
as reference system. Satellite program is EnMAP
(Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program), a German
hyperspectral civil satellite mission for investigating a
wide range of ecosystem parameters.

6. Additional documentation submitted in support of license
application:

I) Tesat-Spacecom purchase order number U10-4500436098,
dated 02.12.2009.

II) Tesat-Spacecom Generic Accountability Plan for Project
Astro 10 EnMAP, PO U10-4500436098, P/N
5962R9853701QXC HX6228, dated 2010 FEB 03.

B) DDTC Case Number 050213247

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

03 Monolithic Analog-to-Digital (A/D) Converter,
Radiation Hardened, 14-bit, 10 MSPS, 9240LP

LICENSE VALUE: USD 9,363.00

APPLICANT/SOURCE:

Maxwell Technologies Inc.
9244 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, California 92123 USA

FOREIGN CONSIGNEES:

Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co.KG
Gerberstrasse 49
D-71501 Backnang
GERMANY

Jena-Optronik GmbH
Prussingstrasse 41
D-07745 Jena
GERMANY
Tel: 49 3641 200-110

German Research Center for Geosciences
GFZ GeoForschungsZentrum
Telegrafenberg, D-14473 Potsdam
GERMANY

Kayser-Threde GmbH
Wolfratshauser Strasse 48
D-81379 Munich
GERMANY

Orbitale Hochtechnologie Bremen-System AG (OHB)
Universitatsalle 27-29
D-28359 Bremen
GERMANY

IABG
Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH
Einsteinstr. 20
D-85521 Ottobrunn
GERMANY

Interspace
2 Rond Pint Guillaumant
F-31029 Toulouse
FRANCE

ESA/ESTEC
European Space Agency
Keplerlaan 1
NL-2200 AG Noordwijk
NETHERLANDS

FOREIGN END USER:

German Space Agency
DLR Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft-und Raumfahrt e.V.
Linder Hohe, D-51147 Koln
GERMANY

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

Parts will be integrated into ASTRO 10. The ASTRO 10 is an
autonomous star tracker manufactured and assembled by
Jena-Optronik GmbH. It is used to control a satellite's
attitude in orbit by utilization of astronomic star patterns
as reference system. Satellite program is EnMAP
(Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program), a German
hyperspectral civil satellite mission for investigating a
wide range of ecosystem parameters.

7. Additional documentation submitted in support of license
application:

I) Tesat-Spacecom purchase order number U11-4500436235,
dated 09.12.2009.

II) Jena-Optronik End-Use/End-User Statement, dated
27.01.2010, signed by Thomas Keil, JF-P/EEE-Parts Manager.

III) OHB-System AG EnMAP Customer Certification Letter,
dated 19.01.2010, stating that Jena-Optronik has been awarded
a contract (EN-OHB-LTR-010, OHB PO No. 27826) for the supply
of three ASTRO 10 Star Tracker flight models.

C) DDTC Case Number 050141493

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

40 Integrated Circuit, Static Random Access Memory,
Radiation Hardened, HX6228TQHC (128K x 8), 5962H9853701QXC

LICENSE VALUE: USD 96,000.00

APPLICANT/SOURCE:

Minco Technology Labs Inc.
1805 Rutherford Lane
Austin, Texas 78754 USA

COMMODITY MANUFACTURER:

Honeywell Defense and Space Electronics
1200 State Highway 55
Plymouth, Minnesota 55441 USA

FOREIGN INTERMEDIATE CONSIGNEES:

EADS CASA Espacio
Avda. Aragon 404
28022 Madrid
SPAIN

Astrium GmbH
An der Bundesstrasse
D-88090 Immenstaad
GERMANY

FOREIGN CONSIGNEE:

Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co.KG
Gerberstrasse 49
D-71501 Backnang
GERMANY

FOREIGN END USER:

Jena-Optronik GmbH
Prussingstrasse 41
D-07745 Jena
GERMANY
Tel: 49 3641 200-110

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

Parts will be integrated into ASTRO 10. The ASTRO 10 is an
autonomous star tracker manufactured and assembled by
Jena-Optronik GmbH. It is used to control a satellite's
attitude in orbit by utilization of astronomic star patterns
as reference system. Satellite program is SEOSAR/PAZ.
SEOSAR/PAZ is an X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite
for Earth observation, part of the European network GMES, for
coordination of climatic, environmental data and security
against catastrophes.

8. Additional documentation submitted in support of license
application:

I) Tesat-Spacecom purchase order number U03-4500429519,
dated 21.10.2008.

II) Tesat-Spacecom End User Assurance Control Plan and
Related Accountability Plan for the ASTRO 10 for SEOSAR/PAZ
Project, dated 17.12.2008, signed by Mr. Ratzsch, President &
CEO, Jena-Optronik.

D) DDTC Case Number 050143433

QUANTITY/COMMODITY:

08 Monolithic Analog-to-Digital (A/D) Converter,
Radiation Hardened, 14-bit, 10 MSPS, 9240LP

LICENSE VALUE: USD 34,072.00

APPLICANT/SOURCE:

Maxwell Technologies Inc.
9244 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, California 92123 USA

FOREIGN CONSIGNEES:

Jena-Optronik GmbH
Prussingstrasse 41
D-07745 Jena
GERMANY
Tel: 49 3641 200-110

Astrium GmbH
An der Bundesstrasse
D-88090 Immenstaad
GERMANY

Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co.KG
Gerberstrasse 49
D-71501 Backnang
GERMANY

FOREIGN END USER:

EADS CASA Espacio
Avda. Aragon 404
28022 Madrid
SPAIN

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

Parts will be integrated into ASTRO 10. The ASTRO 10 is an
autonomous star tracker manufactured and assembled by
Jena-Optronik GmbH. It is used to control a satellite's
attitude in orbit by utilization of astronomic star patterns
as reference system. Satellite program is SEOSAR/PAZ.

9. Additional documentation submitted in support of license
application:

I) Tesat-Spacecom purchase order number U03-4500429791,
dated 07.11.2008.

II) Tesat-Spacecom End User Statement, dated 19.01.09,
signed for Alexander Groba, Head of Customs and Export Control

10. Please slug reply for PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR
and include the words "Blue Lantern" and the DDTC Case
Numbers in the subject line. POC on this case is Peter
Sabatini, PM/DTCC, phone: 202-663-2819; email:
sabatinipj@state.gov, sabtinipj@state.sgov.gov,
psabatini@state.ic.gov. The most current Blue Lantern Guide
Book is available at
http://fsi.state.gov/fsi/spas/default.asp?ID= 1588.
Department thanks Post for its assistance in this matter.
CLINTON

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