Hubble - The Whirlpool Galaxy; NASA/JPL (1999)
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
eleven member agencies, twenty-eight observer agencies, and over 140 industrial associates.
Since its establishment, it has been actively developing Recommendations for data- and information-systems
standards 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.