NASA GRC provides support to the development of interoperability standards for space by participating in Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) Working Groups. Founded in 1982 by the major space agencies of the world,the CCSDS is a multi-national forumfor the development of communications and data systems standards for spaceflight. Today, leading space communications experts from 26 nations collaborate in developingthe most well-engineered space communications and data handling standardsthe world.The goal? To enhance governmental and commercial interoperability and cross-support, while also reducing risk, development time and project costs. More than 700 space missionshave chosen to fly with CCSDS-developed standards, and the number continues to grow. GRC participates in the areas highlighted below as authors for the standards documents, prototype developer, or subject matter expert.