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Title: ECSS Executive Secretariat


1
Overview of the ECSS system
  • ECSS Executive Secretariat

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Content
  • ECSS objectives
  • Membership
  • History
  • ECSS organization
  • ECSS documents
  • Production and maintenance cycle
  • Acquisition of ECSS documents

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1. ECSS objectives
What is ECSS
  • ECSS stands for European Cooperation for Space
    Standardization
  • ECSS is an initiative established to develop a
    single set of consistent space standards
    recognized and accepted for use by the entire
    European Space Community (Agencies and Industry).
  • Based on consensus among its members
  • Supported by ESA council deliberations since 1994
  • ECSS standards capitalises on more than 40 years
    experience in the management and implementation
    of European Space Projects.
  • ECSS continues to develop through a partnership
    between ESA, National Space Agencies and European
    Industry

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1. ECSS objectives
  • Objectives
  • increase the effectiveness of all space
    programmes in Europe through the application of a
    single, integrated set of Standards and
    Requirements from which all generic requirements
    of future space projects can be derived
  • facilitate clear and unambiguous communication
    between all parties involved, in a form suitable
    for reference or quotation in legally binding
    documents,
  • improve the quality and safety of space projects
    and products,
  • reduce risk and guarantee interoperability and
    interface compatibility by applying proved and
    recognized requirements and methods,
  • ensure that space systems do not cause, during
    their complete life cycle, a hazard to human
    life, the environment, public and private
    property, major space and ground investments,
  • allow industry to be ready to meet these
    requirements.
  • Improve the competiveness of the European Space
    industry

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2. Membership
European Space Agency
European National Space Agencies
European Industry, represented by Eurospace
Some organization have an Observer role on ECSS
e.g. EUMETSAT, CEN
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3. History (1/3)
  • Milestones (Quick Historical survey)
  • 1993 Industry saw the need to align PA
    requirements
  • 1993-1994 ECSS TOR signed, and K.O. meeting
  • 1996 First documents
  • 1999 Attempt to apply in Mars Express (set of
    standards incomplete)
  • 2005 status
  • Necessary set of standards nearly set up (150
    standards published)
  • Recognised and appreciated by all European space
    entities, non-European space entities and various
    European and International Organizations for
    Standards (e.g. CEN, ISO).
  • Several non-European Space Agencies have
    expressed their interest for using ECSS Documents
  • Calling up of ECSS as applicable standard in
    contracts has become a recognized practice in
    European space business.

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3. History (2/3)
  • Milestones (Quick Historical survey)
  • In 2006 based on Users feedback and critical
    assessment of the ECSS organization and products
  • new organization (simplified organization and
    processes more oriented and effective to respond
    to the Users needs to increase ECSS members
    ownership of products)
  • Start of Benchmarking Phase
  • Publication of ECSS documents in three categories
    (Std, HB,TM)
  • To complete the set of ECSS standards
  • To revise the published and on-going documents to
    ensure full
  • consistency of the whole set and improve its
    suitability for application in business
    agreements
  • to be ready to enter in a proper maintenance
    phase
  • (less development needed) focussed on application
  • and maintenance ( User driven feedback and
    needs)

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2. History (3/3)
  • From development to application and maintenance
    phase
  • Results
  • New organization in place
  • The majority of documents have been or will be
    re-issued early 2009
  • Status
  • A first batch (51 stds) was released on 31 July
    2008
  • A second batch (28 stds) was released on 15 Nov
    2008
  • A third batch (16 stds) will be released in
    February 2009
  • Some few remaining documents will be issued after
    February 2009 as part of the normal ECSS
    production/updating process
  • At the same time, a number of handbooks and
    technical memoranda have been produced and made
    available

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4. ECSS Organization
ECSS structure
Steering Board
Executive Secretariat
Technical Authority
Network of experts
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
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4. ECSS Organization
Steering board (SB) Mission Define the
objectives, policy and strategy for the ECSS
system and for providing overall leadership of
the ECSS bodies. Not involvement in approval of
standards. CompositionVoting members One
voting representative of each member
organization, except Eurospace which has
four. Non voting members Chairman, Secretariat
and invited observers Meetings At least, twice
a year.
Steering Board
Executive Secretariat
Technical Authority
Network of experts
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
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4. ECSS Organization
Technical authority (TA) Mission Guided and
monitored by the SB - it is the approval
authority for all changes to existing ECSS
Documents, for the initiation and release of
new ECSS Documents. - It is in charge to setup
and implement the Work- plan with the support
of the ES.- Define the objectives, policy and
strategy for the ECSS system and for providing
overall leadership of the ECSS
bodies. Meetings Typically, 5 per year. During
benchmarking phase, 8 per year. CompositionVotin
g members One voting representative of each
member organization, except Eurospace which has
four. Voting members vote on behalf of their
organizations. Non voting members Chairman,
Secretariat and invited observers
Steering Board
Executive Secretariat
Technical Authority
Network of experts
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
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4. ECSS Organization
  • Executive secretariat (ES)
  • Mission
  • Programme function
  • Support to TA for building the Work-plan
    Monitor the implementation of the WP
  • gather feed-back from users and lessons
    learned.
  • Ensure promotion and interfaces with other SDOs
  • Provide administrative support
  • Dedication
  • Working on a permanent basis.
  • CompositionES is provided by ESA

Steering Board
Executive Secretariat
Technical Authority
Network of experts
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
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4. ECSS Organization
  • Working groups (WG)
  • Mission
  • To carry out the tasks necessary to draft or
    update an ECSS Document in line with its Terms of
    Reference, against an agreed planning and
    schedule. They are built on a case by case,
    managed by the TA on a limited duration mandate.
  • Composition- Convenor, appointed by the TA in
    consultation with WG members
  • Core set of members, representing their
    organizations, and appointed by the TA
  • Support
  • It is expected that each organization gives
    support to his/her representative in the WG, e.g.
    by technical correspondents

Steering Board
Executive Secretariat
Technical Authority
Network of experts
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
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4. ECSS Organization
  • Network of experts (NoE)
  • Mission
  • Pool of experts in the ECSS disciplines supported
    by the ECSS organization nominating them.
  • Composition- DiFP (Discipline focal points)
    One per discipline, 21 disciplines in total).
  • DoFP (Document focal points) For the ongoing
    documents, the convenor. For the disbanded
    WGs, a person proposed by the WG before
    disbanding.
  • Ad-hoc experts

Steering Board
Executive Secretariat
Technical Authority
Network of experts
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
Working Group
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5. ECSS documentsType of documents
  • ECSS set of documents are organized according to
    3 types of documents
  • Standard
  • Normative document written specifically for
    direct use in invitation to tender and business
    agreements for implementing space related
    activities. Its content strictly limited to the
    statement of verifiable customer requirements,
    supported by the minimum descriptive text
    necessary for understanding their context.
  • Handbook
  • Non-normative document providing background
    information, e.g. orientation, guidelines,
    technical data, advice or recommendations, which
    contains information about how to implement space
    related activities.
  • Two types of handbook are considered
  • 1) Guidelines and good practices
  • 2) Collection of data
  • Note Handbook contains data recognized as valid
    for use by the ECSS community.
  • Technical Memorandum
  • Non-normative document providing useful
    information to the space community on a specific
    subject, prepared to record and present
    non-normative data, which are not relevant for a
    Standard or for a handbook, or not yet mature to
    be published as handbook or standard.

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5. ECSS documentsCharacteristics and use of ECSS
standards
  • Use of the ECSS system is described in
    ECSS-S-ST-00 ECSS System Description,
    Implementation General Requirements
  • ECSS standards do not have legal standing by
    themselves. They are made applicable in projects
    by invoking them in business agreements (e.g.
    Contracts)
  • ECSS standards, intended for application in
    business agreements, are focussed on the
    requirements relevant to a particular subject.
    The required content of each deliverable document
    (DRD Document requirement Definition) is also
    defined in normative annexes of the standard.
  • ECSS standards define the requirements
    (individually identified) rather than the means.
  • ECSS does not intend to replace the quality
    system of an organization
  • They are designed to be applied as a consistent
    set and not individually
  • to be applied as a whole (ECSS standards
    constitute a system where standards are
    complementary and interconnected)
  • no repetition of requirements within a standard
    or among standards (including external standards
    endorsed by ECSS). If necessary, requirements
    from other standard are imported by x-referring
    them
  • The set of standards to be applied to a
    particular project, and each individual
    standards, can be adapted to the particular
    specificities of the project (this process is
    called tailoring)

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Tree of ECSS documents
5. ECSS documents
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Tree of ECSS documents
5. ECSS documents
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Tree of ECSS documents
5. ECSS documents
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Tree of ECSS documents
5. ECSS documents
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Tree of ECSS documents
5. ECSS documents
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Tree of ECSS documents
5. ECSS documents
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6. Production and maintenance cycle
General view
Initiation
Approved New Work Item (NWI) Updated WG
Work-plan
4-8 Weeks fromproperly completed
Drafting
WG draft standard
As per approved WP(typically 9-12 months)
Approval (including Public Review)
Approved standard
If no rejection, 21 weeks
Published standard
Publication
Maintenance cycle (including feedback collection)
Maintenance
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6. Production and maintenance cycle
End-to-end process (Part 1/3)
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6. Production and maintenance cycle
End-to-end process (Part 2/3)
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6. Production and maintenance cycle
End-to-end process (Part 3/3)
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6. Production and maintenance cycle
Updating a standard
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7. Acquisition of ECSS documents
  • ECSS standards can be downloaded from the ECSS
    Website (www.ecss.nl). You need to be
    logged-in to download standards. Everybody is
    entitled to register and log in. ECSS website
    is also used by ECSS teams as a cooperative
    environment for development
  • Handbooks and TMs can be consulted on-line in
    the ECSS Wiki server (ecsswiki.esa.int) This
    tool permits to the developers also to control
    the status of the documents and to manage
    feedback from users

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Summary
Summary
  • Established to
  • increase the effectiveness of all space
    programmes in Europe through the application of a
    single set of Standards and Requirements
    recognised by all potential European Customers
    and equally accepted by Industry.
  • Support the space manufacturing industry in
    Europe
  • Primary strength is to facilitate standardization
    of contract requirements in customer/supplier
    relations throughout all levels of space
    activities

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