The communications links covered by this Standard are the space-to-ground and space-to-space links used during spacecraft operations, and the communications links to the spacecraft used during the assembly, integration and test, and operational phases.
Spacecraft end-to-end communication systems comprise components in three distinct domains, namely the ground network, the space link, and the space network. This Standard covers the components of the space link and space network in detail. However, this Standard only covers those aspects of the ground network that are necessary for the provision of the end-to-end communication services.
NOTE Other aspects of the ground network are covered in ECSS-E-ST-70.
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This standard is supported by ECSS Handbook: ECSS-E-HB-50A – Communication guidelines (18 November 2008)