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So You Want to be a Rocket Scientist? NASA Releases Free Software!

written by Jude Kasekamp March 2, 2017
Cover of NASA Software Catalog

Hot off the announcment of the Trappist-1 system of Earth-like planets, NASA have released its catalog of software for 2017-2018. The public now has total access to a massive amount of software that is free to use. So, what’s in the catalog?

Cover of NASA Software Catalog

If you want to build a drone from scratch, you are in luck. They’ve got you covered. If you want to make your aircraft quieter, look no further. Want to play a rad spacewalk game right in your browser? Go ahead and suit up! Excited to build your own Star Wars speeder bike? Well… you can find that someplace else.

From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s press release:

“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 businesses, academia and industry,” 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.”

The full contents of the catalog include:

Business Systems and Project Management
Data Servers Processing and Handling
Materials and Processes
System Testing
Electronics and Electrical Power
Structures and Mechanisms
Environmental Science
Design and Integration Tools
Crew and Life Support
Autonomous Systems
Vehicle Management
Data and Image Processing

It’s awesome to see a government agency releasing their awesome software to the world. There is such a wide variety of different tools in this packet that almost anyone can find something they could use. Whether you are an engineer, a human resources rep, or just a nerd, there is something for you! The geeks at NASA want to see what you do with it.

Dan Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer program executive stated:

“Software has been a critical component of each of NASA’s mission successes and scientific discoveries. In fact, more than 30 percent of all reported NASA innovations are software. We’re pleased to transfer these tools to other sectors and excited at the prospect of seeing them implemented in new and creative ways.”

Are you going to check out the catalog? Let us know in the comments section what you found for yourself!

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