The major space agencies of the world recognize that there are benefits in using standard techniques for handling space data
and that, by cooperatively developing these techniques, future data system interoperability will be enhanced. In order to assure that work towards
standardization of space-related information technologies provides the maximum benefit for the interested agencies, both individually and collectively,
an international Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) is established as a forum for international cooperation in the development of data
handling techniques supporting space research, including space science and applications.