DTSA Space Monitoring

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The purpose of the Technology Directorate (TD) space monitoring function under the Space & Missiles Division (TDS) is to preserve critical U.S. space-related technological advantages and prevent the diversion or proliferation of critical spacecraft and missile technology detrimental to U.S. national security. TDS provides responsive monitoring services that support export requests under the jurisdiction of the Department of State (DoS) and the Department of Commerce (DoC). TDS maintains a professionally qualified and highly skilled workforce that can respond quickly to industry’s demands for monitoring services.

One of TDS’ core missions is to review technical data and monitor defense services and/or technology associated with launches of U.S. spacecrafts by non-U.S. launch vehicles, and other rocket-related programs, to prevent unauthorized transfers of critical U.S. space-related technology.

TDS monitoring may apply to spacecraft technology transfers under DoC licenses. It also applies when the DoS Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) imposes special export controls (SECs) on space related export authorizations (i.e., licenses and Technical Assistance Agreements). SECs consist of:

  1. Technology Transfer Control Plans (TTCPs) defining the procedures, controls, and processes a company intends to implement to satisfy the controls and limitations imposed by provisos on the export authorization.
  2. Technical Data Reviews of technical data by TDS prior to export.
  3. Monitoring of Technical Interchanges where a TDS monitor attends meetings and interactions to ensure that defense services/technical assistance remain within the scope of the export authorization.

Industry is required to interact with TDS through Spacelink if any of these SECs are applied to a DoS USXPORTS-approved export authorization. Spacelink is a web-based secured-communications interface used between TDS and industry to facilitate interactions on export authorizations, TTCPs, technical data reviews, and technical assistance/defense services. Once a company has established a Spacelink account, both the DDTC export approval and the company submitted export authorization request must be loaded into Spacelink by the company after acceptance by TDS. Subsequently, a Draft TTCP can be uploaded for TDS review. Once TDS approves the draft TTCP, the company can upload the Final TTCP into Spacelink and is authorized to export technical data and defense services. For questions or issues on TTCPs email DTSA/TDS.

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