ESA (European Space Agency) and various partner organizations in Europe are collaborating on the Heterogeneous Mission Accessibility (HMA) project. HMA’s high-level goals include, among other things, consolidating Earth imaging and other geospatial interoperability requirements; defining interoperable protocols for cataloging, ordering, and mission planning; and addressing interoperability requirements arising from security concerns such as authorization and limiting re-use. HMA involves a number of OGC standards, including the Sensor Planning Service, which supports the feasibility analysis requirements of Spot Image optical satellite missions.

At an IEEE-OGC-ISPRS GEOSS Workshop on 24 July 2005 in Seoul, Korea, titled "The User and the GEOSS Architecture - Applications for Asia and the Pacific Rim," OGC members demonstrated products using OWS standards in a scenario of damage assessment from the Andaman Sea Tsunami, 26 December 2004. The European Space Agency (ESA) System Support Environment managed the workflow of accessing the Spot Image WCS and invoking an implementation of the OpenGIS Coordinate Transformation Service Interface Standard provided by an OGC member.