NASA to Unveil Software Code to the Public; Dan Lockney Comments

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source codeNASA has compiled a collection of software code it developed for a variety of projects, including offerings the space agency used to run rockets and robotics systems, FCW reported Monday.

Mark Rockwell writes the comprehensive list will be posted online on April 10 as part of the government’s open data initiative.

Other technologies featured in the codes to be made available to the public are project management systems, design tools, data handling and image processing, life-support functions, aeronautics and structural analysis.

“Some of the code is a few years old, but we have done a scrub to ensure that it is all current and useful,” said Dan Lockney, technology transfer program executive at NASA, noting that access restrictions apply to a specific set of government-only codes, such as guidance and navigation systems.

The catalog will be initially released in PDF format on technology.nasa.gov, with plans for a searchable database by 2015.

“In the next iteration of this catalog, software will be added and updated regularly, as soon as it becomes available,” Lockney said.

Jim Adams, NASA’s deputy chief technologist, added, “By making NASA resources more accessible and usable by the public, we are encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.”

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