NASA released free Softwares and Earthly Applications for General Public
The US space agency NASA has newly launched its software catalog for the upcoming fiscal year 2017-2018, where it will be offering several applications and soft wares to the general public free of cost and without charging any royalty or copyright fees.
In a press release, the American space agencies revealed that the wide range of soft wares are available in both online and offline in hard copies. It would be the third time when all centres of the NASA including centres on data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics, have backed in the yearly release.
These soft wares have been used by Scientists at NASA for space explorations and undoing the mysteries of the universe. What’s striking is that many of them have been copyrighted and will be released for the first time to public use. Each catalog entry is escorted with plain language description of what it does.
“The software catalog is our way of supporting the innovation economy by granting access to tools used by today’s top aerospace professionals to entrepreneurs, academia and industry, small businesses” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. “Access to these software codes has the potential to generate tangible benefits that create American jobs, earn revenue and save lives.”
NASA published its first edition software catalog in April 2014, becoming the first comprehensive listing of publicly available software to be accumulated by a federal government agency — the largest creator of custom code. Since then, NASA has shared its thousands of software programs with students, industry, individuals and some other government agencies.
“Software has been a critical component of each of NASA’s mission successes and scientific discoveries. In fact, it is more than 30 percent of all reported NASA innovations are software,” said Dan Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer program executive. “We’re pleased to transfer and share these tools to other sectors and excited at the prospect of seeing them implemented in new and creative ways.”
Some of the software available also include codes for more advanced drones and quieter aircraft. While the access restrictions is also applied to some codes, NASA has being automated and updated its software release process over the last two years to ensure that it is as quick, easy and straightforward as possible.
The software catalog is a product of NASA’s Technology Transfer program that has managed for the agency by STMD. The program ensures that the technologies developed for missions in exploration and discovery are broadly available to the public, maximising the benefits to the nation.