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The Feasibility of Applying Plug-and-Play (PnP) Concepts to Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Contro (GN&C) Systems to Meet the Challenges of Future Responsive Missions
In this paper, a methodology for dramatically reducing the time required to build a complex system based on the self-organization of self-describing components is presented. In this plug-and-play approach, component services are exposed for use through mechanisms similar to those in a publish-subscribe framework. The associated framework provides convenient mechanisms for organizing application domains (such as guidance, navigation, and control) along a hierarchy of components. The hierarchy of components, which are themselves self-descriptive, is non-unique but enforced by convention and discipline. This paper describes the motivations for this work and elements of its current implementation as a disruptive technology.