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It’s not all rocket science: NASA's software catalog

NASA has released its latest software catalog of applications developed by the space agency that are “free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright fees.”

Nearly 400 new and updated items have been added to the catalog since the last version was released two years ago, the space agency said.

The software is divided into 15 different categories, including autonomous systems, business systems, environmental science, design and integration tools and data and image processing. Restrictions vary; some of the software is open source and available to all, while some is for U.S. government users only.

Among the new additions:

Customer Survey is a low-cost, low-overhead generic survey tool that runs on a virtual server and lets users construct, email, and manage surveys.

Ballast balances user loads across secure shell handler servers.

Crisis Mapping Toolkit turns geospatial data into cartographic products that improve the understanding of large-scale crises, such as natural disasters.

Real-Time Kidney Stone Tracking Algorithm uses focused ultrasound to track a region of interest, offer visual feedback of position location to the user and target a stone for automated adaptive pushing.

Stratway modifies a four-dimensional (latitude, longitude, altitude, and time) flight plan to ensure a conflict-free trajectory.

Formation Flying System for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Satellites facilitates formation flying by providing a framework for the exchange of information among multiple vehicles.

“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,” Dan Lockney, NASA’s Technology Transfer program executive, said in a statement. “We’re pleased to transfer these tools to other sectors and excited at the prospect of seeing them implemented in new and creative ways.”

The full catalog can be accessed here.

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