"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".
NASA published the first edition of its software catalogue in April 2014, becoming the first comprehensive listing of publicly available software to be compiled by a federal government agency - the largest creator of custom code.
The software catalog is available online and as CDs, including third edition of publications. Most of these programs are open source and have been made available to general public for free use.
The catalogue also includes tools used by NASA to explore the space and the universe and each catalogue entry is accompanied with a simpler description of what the software actually does. The Integrated Cognitive Assesment Tool: Combining Person, System and Mission yields quantified measurements of a person's cognitive ability to perform a specific job in space. It offers software products for a wide variety of technical applications. 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.
From the last two years, NASA has automated and updated its software release process to ensure that the process is as easy and straightforward as possible.
The software catalog is a product of NASA's Technology Transfer program, managed for the agency by STMD.
LEWICE program is included in the new NASA software catalog, which was developed to help study the effects of ice on an aircraft in flight.
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"Advancing the state of the art in software-in the fields of aeronautics, materials, data processing, propulsion, electronics, and everything in between-has been, is, and will continue to be an essential component of every NASA success and achievement", said Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer Program Executive. The project will help public get maximum benefits through understanding space exploration and scientific researches.