Project Title

Message Transfer Service


Document Number



4.02 Application Support Services Working Group

Document Type


Description of Document

A specification for the onboard message transfer service that enables applications hosted onboard a spacecraft to communicate with each other using asynchronous ad hoc messaging, and define the service interface used to access that service.

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

Patent Comments


Survey of Similar Standards
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Undertaken in Other Bodies
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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.)
(Date in M/D/YYYY format.)
Project ApprovedOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet11/12/2001
Project Start DateOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet
Internal WG Review
First Draft Circulated to WGOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet9/4/2008
First Draft Comments DueOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet10/12/2008
Second draft circulated to WGOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet3/30/2009
Second Draft Comments DueOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet4/18/2009Third round of WG review
Final WB Submitted to AD for Further ProcessingOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet5/30/2009
External Milestones
Secretariat Document ProcessingOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet6/29/2009
First Agency ReviewMagenta BulletBlue Bullet10/30/2009
RID ResolutionMagenta BulletBlue Bullet3/30/2010
Secretariat Document Processing 2Magenta BulletBlue Bullet4/29/2010
Final Agency ReviewMagenta BulletBlue Bullet5/30/2010
RID ResolutionMagenta BulletBlue Bullet9/29/2010
First Prototype DevelopmentBlue Bullet9/30/2008
Second Prototype DevelopmentBlue Bullet5/30/2010
CMC ApprovalOrange BulletGreen BulletMagenta BulletBlue Bullet12/30/2010CMC Approved Poll
Total Time to Complete
(in months)
Version: 54.0
Created at 11/4/2008 10:10 AM by Fowell Stuart
Last modified at 12/2/2013 5:04 PM by CCSDS Tech Support