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Data Standards
October 5, 2012
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  • Internetworking
  • Inter/Intra Spacecraft Interfaces
  • Mission Management
  • Information Management
  • Standardization Forum

Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) pursues the implementation of national and international space data standards with the goal of improving interoperability. SCaN focuses on developing robust and low cost user services.

NASA supports the implementation of space data standards through its active membership in the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS). NASA is just one of eleven member agencies and twenty-six observers that participate within the CCSDS organization. This international organization promotes and coordinates the standardization of space related technologies for the mutual benefit of government and commercial entities.


These benefits include:

  • a better understanding of exchanged data for improved interoperability.
  • reduced mission complexity and risk.
  • reduced cost as a result of faster development and testing, fewer training.

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 3rd, 2014
Page Editor: Thuy Mai