NASA to open its software for free

NASA has published its 2017-2018 software catalog, which offers variety of software products for various technical applications the Agency is using to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe.

This applications include data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion, aeronautics and more. Significant amount of software packages is being presented for the public for the first time. Most importantly, all software in the catalogue is free of charge, and can be used without any royalty or copyright fees.

“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.

Catalogue offers variety of codes for example used on Shuttle and Curiosity missions. You can also find applications for drone developments, weather forecasts, Earth observation as well as space walk simulators and games. NASA also offers variety of content pieces like satellite imagery and 3D models used in space. All of them are free to use, so go ahead and dig in the tons of NASA code to build your own space ship or launch your own satellite.