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IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT

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The Air Force Research Laborntory (AFRL) is sponsoring au effort to develop Plug·and-Piay (PoP) technology for spacecraft systems. The pace PoP Arc.hitccture (SPA) supports a method of constructing arbitrarily complex , rrangement of components. PA is a networked data exchange model. This paper presents the SPA network architecture in relation to the taudard fi,•e layers of the Open ystem Interconnect (0 I) model. The responsibilities and functionality of each layer de ·cribcd. The SPA networking provides a unified methodology for elf-discovery and self-cmifiguration of bete.rogeneous PoP networks. The PA networking approach is shown to be elegant, robu 1 and scalable.