The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) was formed in 1982 by the major space agencies of the world to
provide a forum for discussion of common problems in the development and operation of space data systems. It is currently composed of
32 observer agencies, and over
119 industrial associates.
Since its establishment, it has been actively developing standards for data-systems and information-systems to promote
interoperability and cross support among cooperating space agencies, to enable multi-agency spaceflight collaboration (both planned and
contingency) and new capabilities for future missions. Additionally, CCSDS standardization reduces the cost burden of spaceflight missions by
allowing cost sharing between agencies and cost-effective commercialization.