Standards in space communications

The Consultive Committee For Space Data Systems (CCSDS) has revamped its Web look and added collaborative online features.

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.

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