NASA Is Granting the Public Free Access to its Software Catalogue

"Software has been a critical component of each of NASA's mission successes and scientific discoveries".

The latest catalog comes in the form of 2017-2018 which includes a range of software from the USA space agency including codes for more advanced drones, quieter aircraft, code that helps in identifying efficient flight-path, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool among others. You can find the software catalog here.And if you find anything interesting, you can request for the release or license. This enormous amount of data has been made available to the public, free of charge. Different agencies contributed in the software catalog, including aeronautics and propulsions, data processing, business systems and operations.

With its 2017-2018 software catalog in your computer, keeping tabs on the freshest satellite images from NASA's fleet of satellites will be a breeze with the NASA Forecast Model Web or Worldview Satellite Imagery Browsing and Downloading Tool.

Easing concerns that the third edition may be too technical for an average Joe's taste, NASA assures everyone that most of its never-before-seen software packages included in the catalog come with comprehensible, straightforward descriptions.

You can get the software code used on Shuttle Missions, Orion, and Curiosity. Since then, NASA has shared thousands of its software programs with industry, students, individuals and other government agencies.

NASA's latest software catalog comes in both hard copy and offline format. NASA says several aerospace companies have acquired evaluation licenses to explore opportunities for commercialization. The first, Traffic Aware Planner, in an in-cockpit tool to assist pilots in requesting the most efficient route of flight taking into consideration the position and track of nearby aircraft. Although likely not as popular as astronaut ice cream, the most requested piece of NASA software in 2016 was Schedule Test and Assessment Tool, a plug-in to Microsoft Project to automate reporting of project performance data. The code will help air carriers save time as well as reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. It enables higher-fidelity aerodynamic analysis and delivers impressive speed, flexibility, and usability.

  • Carolyn Briggs