CCSDS Standards Track
Standards Track documents are those that are intended to directly influence and enhance the
international installed base of CCSDS-compatible space mission support infrastructure. Generally, they are developed in response
to a direct mission or operational need (a “hard requirement”) that has been identified via the CMC Customer Interface function
and approved by a customer group (such as the IOAG). In order to enter the Standards Track, the WG charter must demonstrate to
an AD that the work has broad support across the CCSDS community – normally by showing that multiple Agencies or other organizations
are willing to participate in the development.
Standards Track specifications normally must not depend on other Standards Track specifications
that are at a lower maturity level, or on non-Standards Track specifications other than referenced specifications from other standards
bodies. The CESG makes recommendations for which work items should enter the Standards Track when chartering a WG and the CMC must
approve those recommendations prior to the initiation of work.