The International Committee on Technical Interchange for Space Mission Operations and Ground Data Systems (also referred to as the SpaceOps Organization) was formed in the realization that given the large number of people involved in space mission operations, an organized community or technical forum is needed. Since mission operations have become an increasingly large segment of space agency budgets, there is great interest in improving the capabilities and cost efficiencies of mission operations. It was in the spirit of providing the broadest possible managerial and technical interchange between space agencies, academia, and industry that SpaceOps was established.
As the premier organization serving the space operations community, SpaceOps encompasses the following areas:
- Operations-enabling technology in ground and flight systems
- Operations management
- Mission planning
- Mission management
- Cross support and interoperability
- Launch operations
- Spaceflight operations
Since its inception in 1990, SpaceOps has held fifteen biennial conferences hosted by various countries around the world. This international forum discusses state-of-the-art operations principles, methods, and tools and provide an opportunity to foster managerial and technical interchange on all aspects of space mission operations, including such areas as robotics, human, earth orbiting, and deep space aspects of space operations.