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NASA makes public its software programs; grants free access to everyone

Keeping with its tradition of releasing software freely, NASA has released a new software catalog – 2017-18 software catalog – that is now available for anyone to access and use.

The process of releasing software used by NASA engineers, astronomers and scientists began in April 2014. In the latest catalog, NASA has made available codes for the products ranging from small drones to major aircrafts. These codes can be applied to a wide of range of technical projects, thus facilitating people across the globe to access valuable information without any charge or royalty fees.

As NASA puts it, the major highlight of 2017-18 edition of the catalog is the inclusion of LEWICE, which was formulated to study the impact of ice on the aircraft when in flight mode. The code also enables the development of ice-detection systems. Along with LEWICE and few other major codes, this catalogue integrates many useful tools which can expand the knowledge in the space research thanks to inclusion of plain language description with every entry present in the catalogue.

According to Dan Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer programme executive, software programming has been always a crucial part of any of the NASA’s projects and it is gratifying to share the development and research in software used by the agency for its discoveries which will enable people to endure in similar kind of research with a comprehensive understanding in space technology.

Dockney added that this software catalogue release will help researchers to come out more effectively in the circuit of space research with creative and innovation results.

This catalogue prepared has got inputs from all the centres of NASA.. The contributions are invited from all major departments of the space agency working on space operations, aeronautics, data processing and suchlike other departments.

Making these codes accessible to public can promote a better and qualitative research in the space domain and thus make the space community more enriching.