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NASA releases software for public use free of any royalty
You might soon be able to work on the software that NASA uses.

The US space agency has made available to public a range of software products including codes that can be used to develop more advanced drones and quieter aircraft. The space agency is letting people use this software without any royalty or copyright fee.

The now-public software catalogue has contributions from all the NASA's centres on data processing/storage, operations, business systems, aeronautics and propulsion.

The catalogue also includes tools used by NASA to explore the space and the universe and each catalogue entry is accompanied with a simpler description of what the software actually does.

"The software catalogue 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.

"Access to these software codes has the potential to generate tangible benefits that create American jobs, earn revenue and save lives," said Jurczyk.

NASA started publishing software catalogue in April 2014 and has since continued the tradition and has thus shared thousands of its software programmes with students, individuals, industry and other government agencies.

"Software has been a critical component of each of NASA's mission successes and scientific discoveries. In fact, more than 30 per cent of all reported NASA innovations are software," said Dan Lockney, NASA's Technology Transfer programme 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.

The catalogue also includes software that is used to develop more advanced drones and quieter aircraft. Some software have restrictions on applying certain codes.

From the last two years, NASA has automated and updated its software release process to ensure that the process is as easy and straightforward as possible.

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