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Project Title

Proximity Wireless Network Communications



Project Status

Behind Schedule

Project Phase

Second draft comments due

Document Number



4.03 Onboard Wireless Working Group

Document Type


Description of Document

Develop, specify, and standardize wireless networked communications for space agency utilization via a “Wireless Communications for Exploration Missions” Orange Book. The Orange Book will be composed in normative fashion on preparation for future multi-agency interoperability testing. This is a NASA experimental Orange Book activity. NASA will report on the activity at the biannual CCSDS meetings, and, NASA will seek to involve other CCSDS agencies for a potential donwstream Blue Book publication. This could be followed by an anticipated Magenta Book with application profiles for several canonical use-cases. Why this is important: Required to enable multi-agency interoperability for ISS proximity EVA/IVA/Robotics, for intra-spacecraft communications and sensing, and for Exploration-class internal & external vehicle proximity, including surface, communications (e.g., robotics, habitat, and EVA). It is necessary to perform this work now rather than later to avoid future interoperability issues and resulting operational impacts. Expected benefits: Improved crew operations, enhanced safety, increased science return, decreased costs

Applicable Patents

Patent issues have been identified but appropriate ISO forms have not yet been signed. The WG requests a waiver to begin work on this project. (justify in comments). ISO forms must be secured prior to the first formal Agency review.

Patent Comments

To be confirmed, patents likely to be owned by commercial concerns

Survey of Similar Standards
Documents or Projects
Undertaken in Other Bodies
and elsewhere in CCSDS

The goal of the Orange Book effort is to evaluate standard bodies organizations (SBOs) applicable wireless network standards including 3GPP and IEEE and standardize applicable protocols (such as 4G, LTE, 5G, 802.11ax, etc.) in support of exploration=class space missions.


Book Editor


Book Editor Resources

2.4 man-month (0.2my)

Prototype 1


Prototype 1 Resources

Prototype 2


Prototype 2 Resources

Prototype 3

Prototype 3 Resources



Monitor Only


Resource Comments

NASA is willing to resource this effort and set stage for other agencies to participate as desired. At the 2017 Spring CCSDS Meetings in San Antonio, the Wireless WG discussed various paths forward including “dormancy”; After consultation with the NASA CMC representative and CESG Chairman it was decided production of an Orange Book was the preferred alternative. NASA has a very strong interest to continue Exploration wireless research, development, and standardization – this work will be captured in the proposed Orange Book.


Legend for Schedule Milestones
Orange Bullet = Required for Orange Books
Green Bullet = Required for Green Books
Magenta Bullet = Required for Magenta Books
Blue Bullet = Required for Blue Books
Note - Red Books are Draft Blue/Magenta Books

Schedule Milestones
Orange BookGreen BookMagenta BookBlue Book
Original Completion Date
(Date in M/D/YYYY format.)
Estimated Completion Date
(Date in M/D/YYYY format.)
Actual Completion Date
(Date in M/D/YYYY format.)
(Date in M/D/YYYY format.)
Project ApprovedOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet11/1/201711/1/20178/11/2017NASA will commit resources for the Orange Book project
Project Start DateOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet11/1/201711/1/201711/1/2019
Internal WG Review
First Draft Circulated to WGOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet11/1/201811/1/201810/1/2018
First Draft Comments DueOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet2/1/20192/1/201912/31/2018
Second draft circulated to WGOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet11/1/201911/1/2019
Second Draft Comments DueOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet2/1/20202/1/2020
Final WB Submitted to AD for Further ProcessingOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet3/1/20203/1/2020
External Milestones
Secretariat Document ProcessingOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet6/1/20206/1/2020
First Agency ReviewMagenta BulletBlue Bullet
RID ResolutionMagenta BulletBlue Bullet
Secretariat Document Processing 2Magenta BulletBlue Bullet
Final Agency ReviewMagenta BulletBlue Bullet
RID ResolutionMagenta BulletBlue Bullet
First Prototype DevelopmentBlue Bullet
First Prototype DevelopmentBlue Bullet
CMC ApprovalOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet12/1/202012/1/2020
Total Time to Complete
(in months)
Version: 482.0
Created at 4/17/2012 9:51 AM by Dufour Jean-Francois
Last modified at 3/25/2020 4:47 AM by Laura Stafford