Interagency interoperability for cross-support is needed to
realize the additional economies resulting from an ability to
share the large capital investments made by each agency in
mission support systems. For that purpose, the Inter-Operability
Plenary (IOP) Meeting was convened in 1999.
The meeting held June 21-22, 1999, comprising multi-agency Senior
Managers, convened as a result of an European Space Agency (ESA)
and NASA Interagency, Tracking, Communications, and Operations
Panel (ITCOP) Meeting in December 1998, where ESA suggested that
ESA-NASA interoperability issues might be better dealt with in a
multi-agency forum. Six agencies met to agree upon a framework
to achieve interoperability.
Creation of the IOAG
At the first meeting, the IOP established an Interagency
Operations Advisory Group (IOAG) in order to achieve
cross-support across the international space community and to
expand the enabling levels of space communications and
This second IOP was convened in December 2008 to allow major
organizations currently planning space missions to review the
first decade of progress in cross-support and interoperability
of space communications and navigation across multiple agencies
and to establish future directions as necessary to expand
cross-support and interoperability into space.
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