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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.

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Graven, P., L. J. Hansen, D. Fogel and J. Lyke. 7th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems. Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. June 2–5, 2008.