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CEN BT\WG Space

EC programming Mandate

The European Commission has issued the programming mandate M/415 addressed to CEN, CENELEC and ETSI to establish space industry standards with the purpose to establish a programme for space related standards to (see CEN 202 Mandate ):

  • ensure an adequate safety level for space hardware and services,
  • foster European Union projects such as the Galileo satellite navigation system, the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and projects in the satellite telecommunications field,
  • stimulate the emergence of European end-user terminals,
  • mitigate space related threats such as debris and
  • support the international competitiveness of the European space industry.


The standardisation programme as an element of the European Space programme shall be carried out in two steps:

  • First, a feasibility study which shall identify the state of play in space standardisation, priorities amongst the various elements and sectors, as well as the particular actors to be involved for each area of work;
  • Second, for every identified sector, identification of standardisation needs and preparation of a comprehensive standardisation programme in the form of sectorial dossiers.

The Ground Segment Department EOP-G participates to the study addressing specifically needs and objectives related to standardisation for EO, GMES and Dual Use.
The CEN 202 BT/WG complements the work done In HMA, in archive standards and in cal/val activities being carried out within GEO/CEOS, possibly providing an EU umbrella for all these activities. It offers the possibility to tighten the links with the ESA lead European Cooperation for Space Standardization ECSS and the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems CCSDS activities as well as the one run by EOP-G within OGC and CEN

EO domain main recommendations

See the full Report for the "EO, GMES and Dual Use" domain prepared by the working group CEN BT/WG 202 Space. This report makes an inventory of EO resources, standards, identifies issues and needs. The EO domain report makes following recommendations:

  • Continue to support the standardisation process related to the interface between the ground segment and the service and geospatial infrastructure. Areas/elements which either need consolidation, or may need additional work for either harmonisation or wider acceptance are:
    • user/services
    • interfaces,
    • product formats,
    • cal/val,
    • data consumption,
    • data transfer,
    • processing on demand
  • Increase competitiveness by measures in support of fast take up of standards by European industry and SMEs
  • Expand the consensus platform (see e.g. GIGAS) into a normative reference beyond current Joint Advisory Groups
  • Support the adoption of existing safety standards to wider communities
  • Support the adoption of existing information security management standards to wider communities
  • Address at European level the standardisation of dual use ground segment interfaces
  • Support and promote Intellectual Property Rights management on standards and their adoption at European level
  • Promote the adoption of European Standards at world level and raise the international weight of the European Standardisation bodies
  • The applicability within Europe of valid existing international standards and best practices (e.g. OGC, and OASIS) shall be encouraged and harmonised with the European Standardisation Program.
  • Streamline the input to the European standardisation bodies and programs beyond current liaisons and Joint Advisory Groups (JAG) (e.g. OGC and ISO/TC211)
  • Define the governance and establish a persistent testbed with European resources
  • Define the governance and establish a Conformance Testing and Certification Environment with European resources


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