NASA says it will publicly releases code for many of the systems the space organization has used through the years making your DIY satellite now closer than ever.
NASA recently revealed that it plans to release more than 1,000 codes from many of the systems used for their various space programs and missions. Starting April 10, NASA’s Technology Portal will have the new software catalog, along with all of the added codes and systems they are to publicly release.
While a large chunk of the codes would most likely be space travel-related systems such as robotics, aeronautics and spacecraft design, the press release stated that the publicly released data would also include database systems and applications for design tools, data handling and data processing.
All of the codes are categorized for organizational use, though unfortunately that means there would be access restrictions for certain types of systems and codes. Of course, we can most likely still expect that a considerable amount of data would still be available for us commoners to browse.
NASA’s decision to make the codes public is technically one step further in its long term plan to make space technology more accessible and usable. Like an open source software code or hardware system, NASA hopes to inspire development, innovation and creativity. Who knows, there might even be a few of us out there that would open a breakthrough concept from some of their old software, or maybe even take one or more of NASA’s designs to take on Google’s ongoing moon landing contest.