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Data Standards
February 5, 2015
  • Space Link Services
  • Cross Support Services
  • Space Interworking
  • Inter/Intra Spacecraft Interfaces
  • Mission Operations Services
  • Security

Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Data Standard Project develops the necessary portfolio of internationally agreed and interoperable space communication standards for operational use by NASA missions and networks to lower the life cycle costs and risks, and provide innovative capabilities for current and future missions.

NASA participates in the development of space data standards through its active membership in the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS). One of the eleven member agencies, NASA, and the twenty-six observers participate within the CCSDS organization. The SCaN has taken technical leadership roles in many of the CCSDS working group activities to develop the specifications for the international standards and promote interoperability and cross support among cooperating space agencies. In addition, the SCaN represents NASA to chair the CCSDS management council and serve as the General Secretariat of the CCSDS

› CCSDS Technical Organization
› Available standards for use
› Standards under development


These benefits of the standards effort conducted by the SCaN include:

  • Promotes robust global interoperability that results in significant savings in cross support.
  • Reduces mission complexity and risk.
  • Reduces life cycle costs as a result of faster development and testing.
  • Enables new space data, communications and navigation capabilities to be infused into the various tracking networks and flight missions

CCSDS focuses on six areas of work:

  • Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services (SOIS)
  • Space Link Services (SLS)
  • Space Internetworking Services (SIS)
  • Mission Operations and Information Management (MOIMS)
  • Cross Support Services (CSS)
  • Systems Engineering (SE)
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Page Last Updated: February 5th, 2015
Page Editor: Thuy Mai