Magenta Books: Recommended Practices

CCSDS Recommended Practices (Magenta Books) are the consensus results of CCSDS community deliberations and provide a way to capture "best" or "state of the art" approaches for applying or using standards. They may include references to sets of standards selected to perform certain applications, or guidelines for standardized processes or procedures for accomplishing tasks, or other materials (such as reference models) to assist in the design, use or selection of standards. Practices say, "here is how the community recommends that you should carry out or describe this particular kind of operation at present, or how the community recommends that it should be carried out in the future". Note that while CCSDS Recommended Standards are often concerned with the technical specifications for hardware and software components required for computer communication across interconnected space mission support networks, a Recommended Practice might specify some specific "Application Profiles" of multiple CCSDS Standards that are recommended for use in particular mission support configurations.
Another use of a Practice might be to recognize that the world space mission infrastructure is composed of networks operated by a great variety of organizations, with diverse goals and rules, and that good user service requires that the operators and administrators of these networks follow some common guidelines for policies and operations. While these guidelines are generally different in scope and style from protocol standards, their establishment needs a similar process for consensus building.

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Currently 26 Books Listed
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TM Channel Coding Profiles. Magenta Book. Issue 1. July 2011.
This Recommended Practice provides guidance to users in the choice of coding schemes for telemetry links in different mission profiles.
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Reference Architecture for Space Data Systems. Magenta Book. Issue 1. September 2008.
Reference Architecture for Space Data Systems (RASDS) is intended to provide a standardized approach for description of space data system architectures and high-level designs. This document has been reconfirmed by the CCSDS Management Council through April 2021.
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CCSDS Spacecraft Identification Field Code Assignment Control Procedures. Magenta Book. Issue 7. November 2017.
This Recommended Practice defines the procedures governing assignment, relinquishment, and management of CCSDS Spacecraft Identification (SCID) codes. The current update adds frequency band as a qualifier for SCID assignment, names the SCID qualified by version number and frequency band the Qualified SCID (Q-SCID), and replaces the outdated hard-copy request form with instruction to use the online form on the Space Assigned Numbers Authority (SANA) Web site.
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Security Architecture for Space Data Systems. Magenta Book. Issue 1. November 2012.
This Recommended Practice presents a Security Reference Architecture for Space Data Systems (SASDS) based on the Reference Architecture for Space Data Systems (RASDS) and is intended to provide a standardized approach for description of security within data system architectures and high-level designs.
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Delta-Differential One Way Ranging (Delta-DOR) Operations. Magenta Book. Issue 1. April 2011.
This Recommended Practice specifies a set of standard practices and message formats for use in the navigation technique known as Delta Differential One-Way Ranging (Delta-DOR).
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Mission Operations Reference Model. Magenta Book. Issue 1. July 2010.
This Recommended Practice defines a mission operations reference model, which provides a common basis for coordinating the development of CCSDS Recommended Standards for mission operations service specifications and serves as a reference to maintain the consistency of those Recommended Standards.
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Mission Operations Message Abstraction Layer--JAVA API. Magenta Book. Issue 1. April 2013.
This Recommended Practice defines a Java API for the Mission Operations (MO) Message Abstraction Layer (MAL) specified in CCSDS 521.0-B-2.
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Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). Magenta Book. Issue 2. June 2012.
This Recommended Practice defines the Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS). The current issue includes clarifications to many concepts, in particular, Authenticity with the concept of Transformational Information Property introduced; corrections and improvements in diagrams; addition of Access Rights Information to PDI.
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Producer-Archive Interface Methodology Abstract Standard. Magenta Book. Issue 1. May 2004.
This Recommended Practice identifies, defines, and provides structure to the relationships and interactions between an information Producer and an Archive. This Recommended Practice defines the methodology for the structure of actions that are required from the initial time of contact between the Producer and the Archive until the objects of information are received and validated by the Archive. These actions cover the first stage of the Ingest Process as defined in the Open Information System (OAIS) Reference Model. This Recommended Practice describes parts of the functional entities Administration ('Negotiate Submission Agreement') and Ingest ('Receive Submission' and 'Quality Assurance'). The CCSDS conducts periodic reconfirmation reviews of its publications to assure their continued relevance. The CCSDS conducts periodic reconfirmation reviews of its publications to assure their continued relevance.This Recommended Practice has been reconfirmed through June 2022.
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Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories. Magenta Book. Issue 1. September 2011.
This Recommended Practice defines an audit and certification process for assessing the trustworthiness of digital repositories.
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Requirements for Bodies Providing Audit and Certification of Candidate Trustworthy Digital Repositories. Magenta Book. Issue 2. March 2014.
The Recommended Practice for Requirements for Bodies Providing Audit and Certification of Candidate Trustworthy Digital Repositories contains binding and verifiable specifications required to be fulfilled by organizations that perform ISO audits for assessing the trustworthiness of digital repositories using CCSDS 652.0-M-1, Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories, and provides the appropriate certification. The current issue has been updated to reflect input from ISO experts.
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Operation of CFDP over Encapsulation Service. Magenta Book. Issue 1. March 2014.
This CCSDS Recommended Practice specifies how to operate the CCSDS File Delivery Protocol (CFDP) over the CCSDS Encapsulation Service as provided for Earth-to-spacecraft, spacecraft-to-Earth, and spacecraft-to-spacecraft communications. It sets out the communications architecture for CFDP operating over the Encapsulation Service. It describes the service expected by CFDP of the underlying layers and reconciles this with the service provided by the Encapsulation Service.
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Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services--Subnetwork Packet Service. Magenta Book. Issue 1. December 2009.
This Recommended Practice defines the services and service interfaces provided by the Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services (SOIS) Subnetwork Packet Service.
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Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services--Subnetwork Memory Access Service. Magenta Book. Issue 1. December 2009.
This Recommended Practice defines the services and service interfaces provided by the Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services (SOIS) Subnetwork Memory Access Service.
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Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services--Subnetwork Synchronisation Service. Magenta Book. Issue 1. December 2009.
The Recommended Practice defines the services and service interfaces provided by the Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services (SOIS) Subnetwork Synchronisation Service.
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Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services--Subnetwork Device Discovery Service. Magenta Book. Issue 1. December 2009.
The Recommended Practice defines the services and service interfaces provided by the Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services (SOIS) Subnetwork Device Discovery Service.
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Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services--Subnetwork Test Service. Magenta Book. Issue 1. December 2009.
This Recommended Practice defines the services and service interfaces provided by the Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services (SOIS) Subnetwork Test Service.
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Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services--RFID-Based Inventory Management Systems. Magenta Book. Issue 1. May 2012.
This document provides recommended practices for the utilization of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) protocol and communication standards in support of inventory management activities associated with space missions.
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Spacecraft Onboard Interface Systems--Low Data-Rate Wireless Communications for Spacecraft Monitoring and Control. Magenta Book. Issue 1. May 2013.
This CCSDS Recommended Practice presents the recommended practices for the utilization of low-data-rate wireless communication technologies in support of spacecraft ground testing and flight monitoring and control applications.
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Space Communications Cross Support--Architecture Requirements Document. Magenta Book. Issue 1. May 2015.
This Recommended Practice defines a set of requirements for CCSDS-recommended configurations for secure Space Communications Cross Support (SCCS) architectures.
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Space Link Extension--Application Program Interface for Transfer Services--Core Specification. Magenta Book. Issue 2. September 2015.
This Recommended Practice defines a C++ Application Program Interface (API) for CCSDS Space Link Extension (SLE) Transfer Services. The API is intended for use by application programs implementing SLE services. The current issue updates text to be consistent with the current versions of the SLE service specifications. The current version of this document contains all updates through technical corrigendum 1, dated August 2016.
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Corrigendum 1 to 914.0-M-2, issued September 2015. Magenta Book. Issue 2 Cor. 1. August 2016.
This corrigendum documents changes to CCSDS 914.0-M-2, Space Link Extension—Application Program Interface for Transfer Services—Core Specification (Magenta Book, Issue 2, September 2015).
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Space Link Extension—Application Program Interface for Return All Frames Service. Magenta Book. Issue 2. September 2015.
This Recommended Practice specifies a C++ Application Program Interface (API) for the CCSDS Space Link Extension Return All Frames Service (RAF) Service. The API is intended for use by application programs implementing the SLE RAF Service. The current issue updates text to be consistent with the current version of the SLE RAF service specification and differentiates applicability by SLE RAF service specification version.
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Space Link Extension—Application Program Interface for Return Channel Frames Service. Magenta Book. Issue 2. September 2015.
This Recommended Practice specifies a C++ Application Program Interface (API) for the CCSDS Space Link Extension Return Channel Frames (RCF) Service. The API is intended for use by application programs implementing the SLE RCF Service. The current issue updates text to be consistent with the current version of the SLE RCF service specification and differentiates applicability by SLE RCF service specification version.
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Space Link Extension—Application Program Interface for Return Operational Control Fields Service. Magenta Book. Issue 2. September 2015.
This Recommended Practice specifies a C++ Application Program Interface (API) for the CCSDS Space Link Extension Return Operational Control Fields (ROCF) Service. The API is intended for use by application programs implementing the SLE ROCF Service. The current issue updates text to be consistent with the current version of the SLE ROCF service specification and differentiates applicability by SLE ROCF service specification version.
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Space Link Extension—Application Program Interface for the Forward CLTU Service. Magenta Book. Issue 2. September 2015.
This Recommended Practice specifies a C++ Application Program Interface (API) for the CCSDS Space Link Extension Forward CLTU (FCLTU) Service. The API is intended for use by application programs implementing the SLE FCLTU Service. The current issue updates text to be consistent with the current version of the SLE FCLTU service specification and differentiates applicability by SLE FCLTU service specification version.
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Space Link Extension—Application Program Interface for the Forward Space Packet Service. Magenta Book. Issue 2. September 2015.
This Recommended Practice specifies a C++ Application Program Interface (API) for the CCSDS Space Link Extension Forward Space Packet (FSP) Service. The API is intended for use by application programs implementing the SLE FSP Service. The current issue updates text to be consistent with the current version of the SLE FSP service specification and differentiates applicability by SLE FSP service specification version.
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