NASA releases key software programmes for free public access

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The codes include everything from "advanced camera imaging using the Lossless Hyper-/Multi-Spectral Data Compression Software, Video Image Stabilization and Registration, and JPL's Stereo Vision Software Suite, to the delivery protocols".

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has officially released its 2017-2018 software catalogue which includes exciting apps and code libraries used for data and image processing, design and integration, system testing, propulsion, aeronautics, space exploration.

These software are available as both hard copy and online and include numerous tools NASA uses to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe. What's striking is that many of them are copyrighted and will be released for the first time for public use.

The catalog will help the innovation economy though an access to software applications used by the top entrepreneurs, space professionals, universities and the industry.

In the press release, the American space agencies revealed that the wide range of softwares are available both online and offline in hard copies.

"Access to these software codes has the potential to generate tangible benefits that create jobs, earn revenue and save lives". The available codes are listed in the NASA Software Catalog, now in its 3 edition, published this week. "In fact, more than 30 percent of all reported NASA innovations are software", said Dan Lockney, NASA's Technology Transfer program executive. Although likely not as popular as astronaut ice cream, the most requested piece of NASA software in 2016 was Schedule Test and Assessment Tool, a plug-in to Microsoft Project to automate reporting of project performance data. With this release, NASA wishes to transfer these software to other sectors with a hope to see new and creative usage.

The comprehensive software package from NASA also offers an impressive spacewalk experience.

The software catalog is a product of NASA's Technology Transfer program, managed for the agency by STMD.

Nasa's free software can be searched for and downloaded from the link provided here. The first pilot edition of NASA's software catalog was made available to the public in April 2014.