SPACE MISSION OPERATIONS
GROUND DATA SYSTEMS
(ALSO KNOWN AS “SpaceOps" COMMITTEE)
(10 July 2003)
The development and operations of ground systems used to control space missions have become increasingly important components of space exploration and utilization. Ground system capabilities and limitations often have as much effect on mission return as flight systems. Mission operations have become an increasingly large segment of space agencies’ budgets. As a result, there is a great interest in improving the capabilities and cost efficiency of ground systems and related mission operations.
As the number of persons involved in space mission operations is large and growing, an organized community or technical forum is needed. As with other technical disciplines such a forum for providing technical interchange will benefit all participants. It is in the spirit of providing the broadest possible interchange between space Agencies, Academic Institutions, Operators and Industry that this committee is established.
The International Committee on Technical Interchange for Space Mission Operations and Ground Data Systems (hereafter referred to as “SpaceOps”) is established to foster continuous technical interchange on all aspects of space mission operations and ground data systems, and to promote and maintain an international community of space operations experts from Agencies, Academic Institutions, Operators and Industry.
SpaceOps is not intended to be or to become a governing institution and will exercise no binding authority over any of its members. Rather, it will serve as a central forum and catalyst for facilitating the sharing and dissemination of managerial and technical information in the field of space operations.
The specific tasks of SpaceOps include:
· Coordinating the scheduling and selection of the host organization for the periodic SpaceOps symposia
and facilitating the interchange of managerial and technical information
via periodic symposia concerning ground data systems and mission operations and
other formal and informal meetings, workshops, and other similar forums
· Encouraging and facilitating the publication and dissemination of managerial and technical information concerning ground data systems and mission operations.
The activities of the SpaceOps will be accomplished in two related committees a Committee-at-Large and an Executive Committee.
Most of the work of the SpaceOps will be accomplished within the Committee-at-Large.
The Executive Committee is the forum for:
Membership in the Committee-at-Large is open to all Agencies, Academic Institutions, Operators and Industry involved in ground data systems and space mission operations as long as they meet the following qualifications:
· It is well-known in the space domain
General guidelines include:
Each Agency, represented on the Committee-at-Large, shall designate one person from its delegation as member of the Executive Committee which shall be authorized to represent the entire delegation in matters addressed by the Executive Committee.