Humans have been looking to the stars for centuries, dreaming of everything beyond our reach. Hoping to answer some of our space related questions, the U.S. government created NASA in the 1950s. By 1969, we successfully landed on the moon.
NASA has an impressive list of accomplishments over the years including the International Space Station, the Hubble Telescope and the Mars Rover to name a few. Now, you have the chance to explore its extensive portfolio of software, for free!
How to explore NASA's software
NASA recently released its 2017-2018 software catalog that includes software products for a wide range of technical applications. The best part is that it's all free to the public, with no royalty or copyright fees.
It's the third edition of the publication and is available in both hard copy and online. Many of the tools that NASA uses to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe are included. Several of these software packages are being made available for the very first time.
NASA's Steve Jurczyk said, "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, small business, academia and industry. Access to these software codes has the potential to generate tangible benefits that create American jobs, earn revenue and save lives."
Watch the following video for a brief description of the program:
All of the available software is separated into different sections. Here are some of the categories that you can browse:
- Business systems and project management
- Design and integration tools
- Vehicle management
- Data servers processing and handling
- Data and image processing
- Autonomous systems
NASA scientists say that software has been critical to each of its mission successes and discoveries. Over 30 percent of all NASA's reported innovations are software.
This software catalog comes from NASA's Technology Transfer program. It includes codes for more advanced drones and quieter aircraft, among others.
Click here if you want to explore this NASA catalog of software. You could be on your exploration journey in no-time.