Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science


Daniel Watson


The Space Plug-and-Play Archichecture System Manager (SSM) is a system of Space Plug-and-Play Architecture (SPA) hardware, software components, and services for rapid integration of satellite systems. It was originally designed to help decrease the amount of time and money required to integrate payloads onto a satellite. The features of the SSM make it useful in non-satellite systems. In this report, I demonstrate diverse uses of the SSM in a multi-use payload manage- ment and underwater vehicle software solution which was designed and implemented using the SSM. Further I give a detailed explanation of the successes and failures of the software when used in a robotics application. Finally, I conclude with recommended additions to the SSM that would help solve the deciencies found in the underwater vehicle software.