Standards in space communications
What exactly is the CCSDS? From its home page: "Founded in 1982 by the most influential space agencies in the world, the CCSDS originated as a multi-national forum for the discussion of common space communications issues. Today, leading space communications experts from 28 nations meet regularly to develop the most well-engineered space data handling standards in the world. The goal? To enhance governmental and commercial interoperability and cross-support, while also reducing risk, development time and project costs. More than 300 space missions have chosen to fly with CCSDS-developed standards and the number continues to grow."
Ah, standards. Some things lawyers and engineers can agree on.