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Project Title

Wireless Network Communications Overview for Space Mission Operations . Green Book Issue 2



Project Status

All Tasks Completed

Project Phase

Project Completed

Document Number



4.03 Onboard Wireless Working Group

Document Type


Description of Document

The mission of the Wireless Working Group (WWG) is to serve as a general CCSDS focus group for wireless technologies. The WWG investigates and makes recommendations pursuant to standardization of applicable wireless network protocols, ensuring the interoperability of independently developed wireless communication assets. This document presents technical background information concerning uses and applicability of wireless networking technologies for space missions. Agency-relevant driving scenarios, for which wireless network communications will provide a significant return-on-investment benefiting the participating international agencies, are used to focus the scope of the enclosed technical information. It is the goal of the WWG that this Green Book shall serve as a single point of reference for wireless network technologies, technical information, and a compendium of agency-applicable use case scenarios. The Spacecraft Onboard Interface Services (SOIS) WWG is focused on wireless, either RF or optical, networks, (i.e., WLAN, WPAN, WMAN, and sensor networks) and does not consider point-to-point wireless standards that are addressed by other CCSDS technical areas including Space Link Services (SLS) and Space Internetworking Services (SIS). The goal of the Wireless Working Group is to provide the CCSDS development community and participating members, with standards-based resources to achieve interoperable wireless network communications, including specific protocol recommendations for anticipated communication scenarios associated with, but not limited to, Lunar and Martian exploration activities. The CCSDS has subcategorized wireless short-range and surface proximity networks as: 1) Intra-vehicle: Internal vehicle (or habitat) extremely short- range wireless links and networking (up to 10 m range). 2) Inter-vehicle: Vehicle-to-vehicle short-range and medium range (up to 20 km). 3) Planetary surface-to-surface wireless links and networking (up to several kilometers). a. EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) local links with planetary rover vehicles (RV) and/or habitats; b. RV-habitat links when RV is close to habitat; c. Links between independent local systems (e.g., habitats, robots, external assets). 4) Orbiter relay-to-planetary surface links and networking. This Green Book focuses on intra-vehicle wireless networking technologies and scenarios. Special emphasis is given to inventory management and asset tracking application scenarios. The WWG Green Book will be evolved in future releases to include planetary surface-to-surface wireless links and networking.

Applicable Patents

There are no patent issues for this technology that are known by the CCSDS community

Patent Comments

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


Book Editor


Book Editor Resources

ESA: 4mm NASA: 0.1my CSA: 0.03my

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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 Bullet9/1/20099/1/20099/1/2009From the Charter
Project Start DateOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet9/1/20099/1/20099/1/2009
Internal WG Review
First Draft Circulated to WGOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet9/1/20128/29/20138/29/2013
First Draft Comments DueOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet9/14/20129/6/20139/6/2013
Second draft circulated to WGOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet10/1/20129/13/20139/13/2013
Second Draft Comments DueOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet10/14/20129/20/201310/20/2013
Final WB Submitted to AD for Further ProcessingOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet11/1/201210/4/201310/22/2013
External Milestones
Secretariat Document ProcessingOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet12/1/201210/9/20142/26/20152014.02.06-Still in Tom's hands
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 Bullet3/1/201310/10/20144/10/2015
Total Time to Complete
(in months)
Version: 132.0
Created at 4/19/2012 6:09 AM by Dufour Jean-Francois
Last modified at 4/10/2015 8:06 PM by CCSDS Tech Support