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The HMA Technical Manual freely available for download


HMA TM-21The Heterogeneous Missions Accessibility Technical Manual is now freely downloadable from the ESA publications web site. This book provides an high level view on the results of several years of harmonisation and standardisation work in  the critical area of ground segment interoperability of Earth Observation satellite missions.  Under the auspices of the Ground Segment Coordination Body, the coordinated effort of more than two dozen European space and downstream industries, research centres, agencies and institutions has made a significant contribution to the definition of geospatial standards published within the Open Geospatial Consortium and has brought together different national programmes and systems.

If your responsibility includes the design and implementation of a system of systems based on data from Earth Observation missions and geospatial data, then the HMA Technical Manual provides an insight into the kinds of geospatial interface standards available and their benefits. It also describes how the geospatial information needed by the service and downstream industries can be extracted by the payload data ground segment service interfaces within the EO space component. Of course the book can be only an initial reading. Engineers who need to delve deeper into the matter will have to dive in the original literature published by the Open Geospatial Consortium and related standards organizations such as those from the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO).