Project Title

Atmospheric Characterization and Forecasting for Optical Link Operations



Document Number



5.10 Optical Communications Working Group

Document Type


Description of Document

This Magenta Book will define a set of guidelines or best practices for determining how to use in situ atmospheric data for planning and maintaining space to ground optical links. Contents of the Magenta Book: • Brief review of Green Book • System definition of issues to described (CONOPS; Link handover criteria and decision lead time; Atmospheric forecasting technologies)

Applicable Patents

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

Patent Comments

No patent issues knwon.

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


Book Editor


Book Editor Resources

12mm by NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology / Japan)

Prototype 1

Not Required

Prototype 1 Resources

Prototype 2

Not Required

Prototype 2 Resources

Prototype 3

Prototype 3 Resources



Monitor Only


Resource Comments

NICT Contributor and Book Editor role.


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 Bullet11/1/201611/1/201610/26/2016Approved at Joint CMC/CESG Meeting at ASI Rome
Project Start DateOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet1/1/20171/1/20181/1/2018
Internal WG Review
First Draft Circulated to WGOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet7/1/20189/1/20189/1/2018
First Draft Comments DueOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet9/30/201810/1/201810/1/2018
Second draft circulated to WGOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet10/1/201910/1/201910/1/2019
Second Draft Comments DueOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet12/31/20192/29/20203/15/2020
Final WB Submitted to AD for Further ProcessingOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet3/31/20205/31/20205/5/2020At Spring 2020 Meeting
External Milestones
Secretariat Document ProcessingOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet6/1/20207/1/202010/1/2020
First Agency ReviewMagenta BulletBlue Bullet9/1/20209/1/202011/1/2020
RID ResolutionMagenta BulletBlue Bullet11/30/202011/30/20202/18/2021SLS-R-2021-05-004(141.1-M.Publis) issued 18 May 2021
Secretariat Document Processing 2Magenta BulletBlue Bullet1/31/20217/31/20212/18/2021Not needed
Final Agency ReviewMagenta BulletBlue Bullet6/30/20219/30/20212/18/2021Not needed
RID ResolutionMagenta BulletBlue Bullet11/20/202111/30/20212/18/2021Not needed
First Prototype DevelopmentBlue BulletNot needed
Second Prototype DevelopmentBlue BulletNot needed
CMC ApprovalOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet12/31/201912/30/20211/31/2021
Total Time to Complete
(in months)
Version: 476.0
Created at 7/1/2015 7:09 AM by Calzolari Gian Paolo
Last modified at 1/31/2022 11:36 PM by Brian Oliver