NASA has released a treasure trove of software that have been developed and are being used by astronomers, scientists, academicians and professionals world wide.
The software have been released as part of its software catalog – an initiative it started back in April 2014 and has continued since then. The latest catalog comes in the form of 2017-2018 which includes a range of software from the US space agency including codes for more advanced drones, quieter aircraft, code that helps in identifying efficient flight-path, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool among others.
NASA has made the catalog available in digital as well as hard copy. The software portfolio is extensive and includes software products that are currently being used at NASA as well as related industry players, academics as well as researchers. The software have been made available free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees.
NASA says that the software that have been included in the catalog are from a number of its centres including data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics. It includes many of the tools NASA uses to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe.
“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. “With this thought in mind, we are pleased to present the third edition of the NASA Software Catalog.”
NASA published the first edition of its software catalog in April 2014. Since then, NASA has shared thousands of its software programs with students, industry, individuals and other government agencies.
Software of the Year
Included in the software catalog is the listing for the top software of the 2016. The first in the list is the Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) which is a cockpit-based software tool that helps pilots determine the most efficient flight paths to destinations while en route and flying among other aircraft in the same airspace. The software has been developed by NASA’s Langley Research Center and Engility Corporation. The code will help air carriers save time as well as reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
The next is Pegasus 5 which is a revolutionary computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool that provides the automated integration of CFD grids. It enables higher-fidelity aerodynamic analysis and delivers impressive speed, flexibility, and usability.