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The NASA 2017-2018 Catalogue Of Free Software Is Now Available

The NASA 2017-2018 Catalogue Of Free Software Is Now Available

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. I know you might be thinking that what kind of NASA software can be used for Earthly applications.

In April 2014, the pilot edition of NASA's software catalog was first made available to the public. NASA's got you covered, offering up every environmental science software tool they have that uses data from their Earth-observing satellites.

It will be the third time when all centres of the NASA including centers on data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics, have contributed in the yearly release. While most of us won't have a ton of use for any of this, there's some broadly useful stuff, including a spacewalking simulator built with Unity and a huge collection of textures. "Access to these software codes has the potential to generate tangible benefits that create American jobs, earn revenue and save lives", NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) Steve Jurczyk stated in the official press release from the space agency.

The catalog, available both in print and online, includes a plain language description with each entry.


Categories include structures and mechanisms, autonomous systems, and design and integration tools, among others. It's since been considered as the first all-access, open-source, and complete listing of software to be pooled by a US government agency and the largest generator of custom codes.

Thirty percent NASA's innovations include software that helped NASA in several missions and scientific researches, said Dan Lockney, NASA's Technology Transfer program executive.

NASA is also providing codes for cutting-edge drone and noise-free aircraft technology, this one calls for a celebration for all the drone lovers. After that, NASA brought several software programs before public. A number of software packages are being presented for release for the first time.