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Another step towards better interconnected ground segments

<p> The recent <a href="http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Deal_signed_for_space-based_imaging_999.html" target="_blank">announcement</a> of a contract awarded to study the definition and feasibility of Europe's Multinational Space-based Imaging System - MUSIS marks an additional step towards interoperability of ground segments. The completion of the <a href="http://wiki.services.eoportal.org/tiki-index.php?page=HMA-FO" target="_blank">HMA-FO</a> tasks with several standardisation documents approved at the <a href="http://www.opengeospatial.org/" target="_blank">Open Geospatial Consortium</a> offers the opportunity for using an up-to date and industry accepted set of geospatial standards. The new standards, sponsored by HMA-FO, cover EO product metadata , fesibility analysis and sensor planning, online data access (web coverage service) and EO product ordering. Their forthcoming implementation, together with already available implementation of catalogue, order, and EO product metadata within the ESA multimission ground segment and within the GMES Contributing missions, offer an excellent  opportunity for system of systems interoperability for institutions and services. </p>