Frequently Asked Questions
To enable industry and international entities to independently develop systems for deep space exploration that would be compatible aboard any spacecraft, irrelevant of the spacecraft developer.
The draft standards were developed collaboratively with support from NASA and the International Space Station (ISS) Partner Agencies.
For an international standard to be used it needs to be freely available to interested companies and space agencies.
Providing drafts and encouraging feedback from a broader community will support global contributions to the standards and improve the content before finalizing the Interoperability Standards documents.
These seven documents focus on topics prioritized in this early phase of exploration planning that will help enable development of compatible systems and elements for deep space exploration.
These standards are meant to be applicable to all deep space environments, although the first potential instance of application may be the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.
The next revision is targeted to be provided on this website in July 2018 time frame, comments are encouraged as soon as possible to support the next version release. Specifically, comments are needed by the end of May 2018 to support the next version release. Comments submitted later will be considered for future revisions.
Anyone will be able to design compatible systems at the interface level if they implement these standards.
These deep space exploration standards are based on ISS standards with additional lessons learned incorporated from the collective experience of the international community and leverage existing globally recognized standards where possible.
Yes, the following standards are available:
Comments are encouraged as soon as possible and no later than the end of May 2018 to support the next revision release. Comments submitted later will be considered for future revisions.