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FoundedLate June 1990
TypeCommittee Organization
Origins"Ground Data Systems for Spacecraft" symposium, organized by ESA in 1990
Area served
MethodSpace Operations Standards, Conferences, Publications, Awards, online Journal (ISSN No. 2410-0005) and online SpaceOps Conference archive

SpaceOps (also referred to as the International Committee on Technical Interchange for Space Mission Operations and Ground Data Systems) is an international committee organisation formed in 1992 to "promote and maintain an international community of space operations experts".[2][3]

Currently, thirteen space agencies are members of the organization.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] SpaceOps also has non-space agency members from academia[11] and industry.[12]


SpaceOps Organization has held fifteen biennial conferences hosted by various countries around the world.[3] These international fora have discussed operations principles, methods, cross-support [13] and tools, management and technical interchange.

Most Recent Conferences[14][edit]

  • Daejeon, South Korea, hosted by: KARI, 2016
  • Marseille, France, CNES, 2018
  • Capetown, South Africa, SANSA, 2021. It was held virtually and was shifted from the original 2020 date due to COVID-19.

Next Conferences[edit]

  • Dubai, UAE, hosted by: MBRSC, March 2023.
  • Montreal, Canada, CSA, 2025


In 2004, the AIAA Space Operations and Support Technical Committee[15] partnered with the SpaceOps Organization [16] to publish the Journal of Space Operations & Communicator,[17] a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to spaceflight operations and ground support.

Since 2006 most of the conference hosts have decided to publish a post-conference vook. These books contain around 30 of the best papers that have been handed in for the conference. The selected papers were all updated, corrected and in many cases extended by the authors following their nomination at the conference. [18]

Awards program[edit]

Through its awards program,[19] the SpaceOps Organization recognizes outstanding achievement by individuals and teams in the space operations field. The “International SpaceOps Exceptional Achievement Medal".[20] award recognizes an individual who has distinguished himself or herself in the field of space operations and support.


  1. ^ "The Journal of Space Operations & Communicator". Archived from the original on 2015-02-07.
  2. ^ "Charter". Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Linick, Dave; Kehr, Joachim (August 2015). "A brief history of SpaceOps - the Early Years". SpaceOpsNews. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  4. ^ American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics press release (23 October 2002). "World Space Congress 2002 Comes to Successful Close". SpaceRef Interactive Inc. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  5. ^ "SpaceOps Conference hosted by Canada". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Grosse Weltraumkonferenz in Stockholm". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Space Agency of Brazil joins SpaceOps". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  8. ^ "South African Space Agency bids for hosting SpaceOps2018 Conference". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  9. ^ "ESA hosts SpaceOps Conference at Heidelberg, Germany". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  10. ^ "SpaceOps Co-operation with JAXA". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Rutherford Appleton Laboratory joins SpaceOps Workshop". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Orbit Logic endorsed as partner by SpaceOps". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  13. ^ "SpaceOps Publications of CCSDS Interest". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Previous Conferences on Spaceops Web Site". Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  15. ^ "SOSTC". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  16. ^ "SpaceOps Organization home page". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Journal of Space Operations & Communicator". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Post-Conference Book Listing on Spaceops Web Site". Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  19. ^ "Awards Program detailed definitions and conditions". Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Rover team and Gene Kranz received international award". Retrieved 7 January 2015.

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