NASA plans to open source its code in a searchable database


As a part of a federal order to make technology transfer faster, NASA is building a central location for the public to dig into more than 1,000 of its past projects.

Been meaning to build a replica of that robot you saw working with astronauts on the International Space Station? You soon might be able to: NASA will reveal a catalog on April 10 that lists where to find the software for more than 1,000 projects, Wired reported Thursday. The space agency will follow up shortly after with a searchable database.


The catalog will include the code for past NASA projects that span robots, climate simulators and rocket guidance systems (many of which are likely to be very, very outdated), according to Wired. DARPA posted a similar catalog earlier this year. NASA will also start hosting the code online by next year; while all the code is free of copyright, people will need special clearance to get their hands-on projects like the rocket guidance system.

By Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer 
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