NASA makes 2017-2018 software catalog freely available to public

NASA has announced the release of its 2017 to 2018 software catalog, making it freely available to the public. In the catalog, individuals will find code spanning all sorts of categories and aspects of NASA's various missions and efforts. The space agency says there are, in some cases, certain restrictions on some code. However, this represents a huge and comprehensive release, the third of its kind.

This newest catalog was assembled by the space agency's Technology Transfer program, and it marks the third time NASA has released such a trove of info. The first edition of NASA's software catalog was made available back in April 2014, marking a first for any government agency.

Users can get both hard copy and online access to the latest software catalog; in it, you'll find code related to aeronautics, NASA operations, propulsion, data processing, data storage, business systems, and more. Previously released data has been used by many entities and individuals, including those involved with academics, other government agencies, and various industries.

Speaking about the latest software catalog, NASA Technology Transfer program executive Dan Lockney said:

Software has been a critical component of each of NASA's mission successes and scientific discoveries. In fact, more than 30 percent of all reported NASA innovations are software. We're pleased to transfer these tools to other sectors and excited at the prospect of seeing them implemented in new and creative ways.