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NASA offers up home-grown software for public use

Space agency’s latest software catalogue lists more than 1,000 freely available aerospace and engineering-related applications.

April 16, 2014   Mike McLeod

14-apr-NASA-OpenVSP-360In its latest online software catalog (pdf link), NASA is making available to the public more than 1,000 internally developed applications, at no cost.

“Software is an increasingly important element of the agency’s intellectual asset portfolio, making up about a third of our reported inventions every year,” said Jim Adams, NASA’s deputy chief technologist. “We are excited to be able to make that software widely available to the public.”

Organized into fifteen categories, the software catalog features a wide spectrum of applications including project management systems, design tools, data handling, and image processing, as well as solutions for life support functions, aeronautics, structural analysis, and robotic and autonomous systems.

For Canadian engineers interested in using the applications, NASA’s code cornucopia comes with a caveat. Some titles can only be used by other U.S. federal agencies while others can only be accessed by U.S. citizens.


NASA’s Technology Transfer Program, managed by the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA Headquarters in Washington, ensures technologies developed for exploration and discovery missions are broadly available to the public. For more information on agency’s program, visit the NASA Tech Transfer Portal.

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