Nasa to release insider code that will let anyone create their own rockets
Ever fancied building your own space rocket but just don’t know where to start? Soon, Nasa could lend a helping hand.
On Thursday April 10, the space agency is set to reveal its enormous database highlighting where to find software for more than 1,000 of its projects.
Projects will include rockets, Mars rovers, climate simulators and cryogenic systems.
Nasa will offer a searchable database of projects, according to Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer Program Executive at Nasa.
‘We have collected a large amount of software projects, everything from design tools to robotic control systems,’ Lockney tells MailOnline.
‘We find that those problems we solve actually translate well into other problems people have, so we’re making this all available in one place.’
All of the code will be free of copyright, but special clearance will be required for anyone who wants to access projects like rocket guidance systems.
Many projects are already available online, but they are spread out across many sites and difficult to find.
What anyone does with the code is up to them.
‘They could put together their own rocket,’ says Lockney.
‘It does take a bit more than that though, it is rocket science [after all].’
As for real-world uses, Lockney says scheduling software could be used to tackle tasks at a hospital, or code from Hubble could be used for MRI machines where a bunch of different code is lined up.
‘It’s all part of an ongoing NASA initiative to provide as much public benefit from our dollars as possible,’ says Lockney.
‘The dollars don’t just go into space, they come back in the form of applications on Earth.’
One of the main goals of the database is to help develop technology that can be transferred to other sectors.
They hope it will help hackers and entrepreneurs push their existing ideas in new directions — as well as help trigger new concepts.
The new code database is the result of a 2011 order from President Barack Obama that federal agencies speed up the pace of technology transfer.
And Lockney expects to see many more projects added to the database after its has been launched.