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posted by n1 on Friday April 11 2014, @07:21AM   Printer-friendly
from the open-source-space-exploration dept.

Yesterday NASA released over 1000 projects as open source in a searchable database.

NASA already released the source code and schematics of the Apollo 11 Guidance Computer, Command Module (codenamed Comanche054) and the Lunar Module (Luminary099) in 2009 at the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. In February of this year, DARPA also published a similar catalog. Both code databases are the result of a 2011 order from President Barack Obama that federal agencies increase the pace of technology transfer.

From a Wired article:

This NASA software catalog will list more than 1,000 projects, and it will show you how to actually obtain the code you want. The idea to help hackers and entrepreneurs push these ideas in new directions - and help them dream up new ideas. Some code is only available to certain people - the rocket guidance system, for instance - but if you can get it, you can use it without paying royalties or copyright fees.

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  • (Score: 1) by crutchy on Friday April 11 2014, @09:45AM

    by crutchy (179) on Friday April 11 2014, @09:45AM (#29943) Homepage Journal

    TI etc not paying their lobbyists and lawyers enough

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by c0lo on Friday April 11 2014, @10:38AM

    by c0lo (156) on Friday April 11 2014, @10:38AM (#29963) Journal

    This NASA software catalog will list more than 1,000 projects, and it will show you how to actually obtain the code you want.

    I visited the page, saw about 32-33 projects and two search boxes (one for a global NASA search, the other for "Intelligent Systems Division"). Now,
    * if the page is supposed to show me how to find those 1000+ projects, I wonder where's that support?
    * if the future tense is still actual, I wonder when this support will be available?
    In other words "picture or it didn't happen"

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    • (Score: 4, Informative) by Koen on Friday April 11 2014, @12:43PM

      by Koen (427) on Friday April 11 2014, @12:43PM (#29999)

      Not a picture, but a PDF: NASA Software Catalog 2014 [nasa.gov].

      NASA Technology Transfer Portal [nasa.gov]

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    • (Score: 2) by khallow on Friday April 11 2014, @08:01PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday April 11 2014, @08:01PM (#30247) Journal

      I saw about 1000 projects. A great deal of them were limited access, either to US citizens only or government use only.

      • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Friday April 11 2014, @11:06PM

        by c0lo (156) on Friday April 11 2014, @11:06PM (#30334) Journal

        A great deal of them were limited access, either to US citizens only or government use only.

        That would explain the diffs between what we see.

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  • (Score: 1) by lord_rob the only on on Friday April 11 2014, @05:20PM

    by lord_rob the only on (939) <shiva3003NO@SPAMgmail.com> on Friday April 11 2014, @05:20PM (#30155)

    How long until posted on bittorrent ? :-)

  • (Score: 1) by deltaray on Friday April 11 2014, @07:28PM

    by deltaray (4063) on Friday April 11 2014, @07:28PM (#30227)

    If you can't redistribute it then its not Open Source.

    • (Score: 2) by HiThere on Saturday April 12 2014, @12:45AM

      by HiThere (866) on Saturday April 12 2014, @12:45AM (#30372) Journal

      Sorry, but you're wrong.

      If you can't redistribute it, then it's not Free Software.
      If you can't see the source, then it's not Open Source.

      N.B.: Not all Free Software is Open Source, and also not all Open Source is Free Software. That's why the term "FOSS" is used, meaning Free and Open Source Software. It describes software that is both. (Most Free Software is FOSS, and so is most Open Source Software...but there is a lot of stuff around the edges that falls within the union, but not within the intersection.)

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 12 2014, @12:43AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 12 2014, @12:43AM (#30370)

    I have bookmarked their pages before and when I have returned, the address isn't valid any more.
    In a recent case, the damned thing had disappeared. No redirect; no nothing.

    It reminds me of some other sites[1] that get a new webmaster every few months and, like a male lion who defeats the old dominant male and takes over a pride then kills all the cubs, the new IT guy fucks up what exists and which had been working just fine. /rant

    [1] Alternet was such a site (I think they finally found a keeper).
    TechRepublic, more recently; it appears ONE guy did it TWICE.

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