In 2011 CEN received a mandate from the European Commission (Mandate 496) requesting the development of European Standards for the space industry.
Already in 2007 CEN had accepted a first mandate (Mandate 415) whose output was a list of space related areas which needed consolidating in Europe through standardization. Ten areas were identified at the time. Through Mandate 496, CEN is now requested to develop standards in these ten fields.
CEN-CENELEC and ECSS have signed a MoU ensuring that both parties cooperate efficiently in developing European Standards.
CEN and CENELEC contact person: Thierry Legrand