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Washington, DC: On its latest software catalog of 2017-2018, NASA releases the bundle of free software for public. It includes a wide variety of applications which does not include any royalty or copyright issue. “The software catalog is our way of supporting the innovation economy by granting access to tools used by today’s top aerospace professionals to entrepreneurs, small businesses, academia and industry,” said Steve Jurczyk, Associate Administrator for Nasa’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington.

Agencies from data processing/storage, business systems, operations, propulsion and aeronautics played a vital role in providing the free software to the public, available in offline as well as online. It includes many of the tools Nasa uses to explore space and broaden our understanding of the universe. One of the programs included in the new Nasa software catalog is LEWICE, developed to help study the effects of ice on an aircraft in flight.

In April 2014, NASA presented his first software catalog to the world which was not totally free to the public and included various other parameters to follow before proceeding to a certain level of its usage. There are a number of software packages which is releasing the first time, accompanied by a plain language description.

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