export control analysis response

Added by Matt Maier over 5 years ago

What is the core technology the project will work on?
Undergraduate level rocket propulsion, structural mechanics, pneumatic controls, basic embedded systems instrumentation and control.

I think this question was directed more at the primary thing it does. In this case I'd expect something like "burning and directing fuel to create controlled thrust" or "releasing pressurized gas in a controlled manner to create thrust" or something else if the thruster work a different way. "Undergraduate level rocket propulsion" isn't a technology and a list of different technologies probably means some of them aren't the core of the project. A lot of those should probably be listed in the next question, "other technologies". The purpose is to ensure that later if State challenges our interpretation of what we're doing we can point to peer review of what we thought we were doing.

Does this project make use of any specialized, pre-existing knowledge?
Undergraduate level rocket propulsion technologies as published in commonly available textbooks such as Space Propulsion Analysis and Design (SPAD).

Can you add a more specific reference? This is one of those things where, if we ever had to defend it, we'd probably have to point to where we got the information. Might as well do it now.

The only other comment I have is that your analysis and documentation of the conceptual space was awesome! That looks like a really solid base that will allow us to confidently say we don't have to worry about EC. Also, it will give us something we can point other interested parties at.


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RE: export control analysis response - Added by Aaron Harper over 5 years ago

I can make these changes. As to the research, I have some undergrad aerospace books I'll be pulling out of storage today. I can cite references and make the appropriate edits by our next meeting (18JUN).

RE: export control analysis response - Added by J. Simmons over 5 years ago

Thanks Matt for the feedback and Aaron for all the work on the EC review. I'll ping the folks posting content to our social media to share this work when we are done (EC is one of those areas people are always asking me about).

Oh, and a quick question for both of you, how would you guys feel about doing a short blog post about the EC review process and applying it to Yavin?

RE: export control analysis response - Added by Aaron Harper over 5 years ago

I could do that. After the review process is done to everyone's satisfaction, I would like to have a post-mortem meeting about it prior to the blog post though.

RE: export control analysis response - Added by Aaron Harper over 5 years ago

Changes made, please review.

RE: export control analysis response - Added by Matt Maier over 5 years ago

Thanks, Aaron. Those edits look good.

I think I'm getting close to a partial revision of the EC review questions. The explanations for the definition changes in the latest federal register are clarifying some of the angles DDTC takes on the topic. For example, they're interested in peculiar functions and characteristics. They use the example of the word "bomber" being important. Anything that makes the plane a "bomber" would be "required" and therefore be controlled "technical data".

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