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Standards, Requirements and References


Airborne and Satellite Mission Data Systems Requirements

The Airborne Mission Data System Requirements and Satellite Mission Data Requirements from the NASA HQ Earth Science Division include the ESDIS Mission Requirements as well as the approved list of standards shown below. ESDIS Mission Requirements are managed through the ESDIS configuration control process involving review and comments from all affected organizations. Additional standards and conventions approved for use in NASA Earth science data systems are managed by the ESDIS Standards Office (ESO). ESDIS Mission Requirements include:

For the full list of ESD-approved standards, as well as best practices and lessons learned, please see the Standards and Practices section.

Standards and Practices

The ESDIS Standards Office (ESO) coordinates standards policy and activities within ESDIS. ESO follows a two-phase Standards Process for identification of appropriate standards and practices and their subsequent adoption for use in NASA Earth science data systems.

ESD-Approved Standards for use in NASA Earth Science Data Systems

Data Format


Discovery and Access


ASCII Data Formats

Under Development or Review

Retired Documents

List of Standards and Practices in Table Form providing more details on document categories and status


Last Updated: Nov 8, 2016 at 3:51 PM EST