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NTTC, OSC Celebrate Space Agency's Birthday, Launch "NASA CLASSICS" Software Apps to Commercial Markets

To our community:
For those interested in downloading code from the NASA Classics Collection, you should be aware that we are currently required to charge a fee for the software.

More information on the Open Channel Software license policy can be found here.

For information about a specific title, or to ask a more general question, please use this contact form. A list of NASA Classic software appears at the end of this page.

News Release
CONTACT: Robert Reid - National Technology Transfer Center
304-243-2158 - rreid at nttc dot edu
OR Douglas Curry - Open Channel Software
765-775-2525 - dcurry at openchannelsoftware dot com


Open Channel Software, National Technology Transfer Center "light the candles" on more than 200 medical, engineering, chemical, and aerospace applications.

"The 1950s witnessed the birth of the modern era of space exploration. A milestone in this process was the inauguration of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on October 1, 1958, as the successor to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. The latter, founded in 1915, had played a key role in the development of the nation's aeronautical industry through research and related activities. The new agency had a similar mandate and was also delegated the task of overseeing the civilian space program."

CHICAGO - Just in time to lead America in celebrating NASA's 43rd birthday today (Oct 1) with the National Technology Transfer Center, Open Channel Software (OCS) announces that its non-profit arm, the Open Channel Foundation, will publish a series of applications called the NASA CLASSICS collection, with an eye towards commercializing as many of these applications as possible. A small step for OCS, the NASA software collection - accessible now at -represents a giant leap in the potential solution to a wide range of engineering and analysis problems in the disciplines of medicine, chemistry, aerodynamics, and more.

Specifically, OCS has entered into an agreement with the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, whereby it will market individual pieces of the software collection at prices ranging from $20.00 each to $8,000.00, according to Douglas Curry, vice president of business development at Open Channel Software. "NTTC is the 'distributor' of more than 500 software programs created by NASA developers," said Joseph Allen, president of NTTC. "OCS now has access to these programs, as well as those from other Federal agencies. As we work with NASA and its field centers, OCS will enable us to help NASA promote open source software for the public benefit," Allen stated.

Originally published as part of the COSMIC collection - 500+ programs across the widest imaginable range of disciplines - NASA CLASSIC software essentially is the "retail" end of that collection. OCS will be marketing more than 200 titles in all, initially by making them available on its web site. These applications began in 1966 as part of a program to establish a central repository for all NASA software developed by research centers, subcontractors and universities working on NASA-funded projects.

Operated by The University of Georgia until 1999, NASA CLASSICS represent a majority of the software developed by NASA during a 30-year research period that supported activities related to both the Space Program and other scientific efforts. The majority of these software applications have high levels of reliability associated with their core computational capabilities. In general, the applications are well-tested and debugged, based upon benchmark testing. Since debugging represents a major cost to nearly all software developers, substantial time and dollar savings can be enjoyed by commercial organizations wanting to modify these newly available, application-specific NASA software products for their own use.

More Than Historic Value

Most of the NASA CLASSIC programs were based on the high-level application of scientific knowledge as solutions to real-world engineering problems. There were used in the design of space vehicles for equipment and facilities - the Apollo moon project, for example - as well as in the analysis and planning of real operational problems related to the space program and other NASA activities. A substantial portion of the NASA CLASSIC software collection was developed with dual-use capabilities, such as engineering, materials processing, biological sciences, medical information management, operational decision-making, and several other areas now of interest to today's commercial users of cost-effective business solutions.

By launching this joint marketing program with NTTC, Open Channel Software (OCS) is taking a giant leap in software technology transfer. This is because a large portion of the NASA CLASSICS software programs is based upon the FORTRAN computing language, either in toto or in the form of modular structures that can be linked with C and C++ language modules.

The increasing availability of Linux operating systems for all computer platforms (including the new IBM S/390), combined with the free availability of GNU software, means that these highly stable NASA software applications can be readily modified, compiled, and run on systems run at most commercial enterprises, as well as at research and educational institutions.

The first set of 205 applications from the collection, distributed by NTTC, is now available at, according to Douglas Curry, vice president of business development at Open Channel Software. Users can locate the NASA software by looking through disciplines of interest on our website, or by searching on the term "NASA," according to Curry.

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About NTTC
The Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) was established at Wheeling Jesuit University in 1989 by U.S. Congress to strengthen American industry by providing access to more than $70 billion worth of federally funded research. Today, it is a full-service technology commercialization center, providing access to federal technology information; technology commercialization training; technology assessment services; assistance in finding strategic business partners; and electronic business development services.

About Open Channel Software
Open Channel Software (OCS) is an Internet-based organization that publishes, distributes, and commercializes software created at academic and research institutions, serving as a central clearinghouse for high-quality, technically advanced scientific applications. By hosting these programs in an open-source environment, OCS is able to monitor market activity and identify breakthrough opportunities with strong commercial potential for appropriate hosted applications. At that point, revenues can be generated by providing needed support services to commercially sponsored programs targeted for success.

The OCS Web site offers truly innovative, cutting-edge programs focused around certain categories, or Disciplines. OCS actively promotes the software that it sponsors, in order to build and maintain a community of involved users. If software has sufficient commercial viability, OCS provides the resources that are required to bring that software to commercial distribution, proactively markets it, and offers fee-based support and services to its customers. Please contact OCS by visiting the organization's Website, or by phoning 773-334-8177 to learn more about the Open Channel Foundation, its software Disciplines, products and services, or to become a participating author/developer.

NOTE: All product names mentioned in this news release are brands or registered trademarks of the respective owners.

This list includes most of the "NASA CLASSIC" software collection now available at . .

Name Description
ACARA Availability, Cost and Resource Allocation
ACTOMP Autocad To Mass Properties
AERO2S Subsonic Aerodynamic Analysis of Wings with Leading- and Trailing-Edge Flaps in Combination with Canard Or Horizontal Tail Surfaces
AIRLOADS Oscillatory Airloads on Blades of Turbosystems in Spatially Non-Uniform Inflow
ALPS A Linear Program Solver
AMPS_PC Automatic Manufacturing Programming System
ARAM Automated Reliability/Availability/Maintainability, Version 2.0
ASAP Artificial Satellite Analysis Program
ASCITOVG Fortran Program for X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Data Reformatting
AUTOCLASS III Automatic Class Discovery from Data
Axial Flow Turbine Software Preliminary Design Analysis of Axial Flow Turbines
Birefringent Filter Model A standalone model of a birefringent filter
BPP Binomial Probability Program
CAMRAD Computer Aided Material Review Automated Disposition System
CARES_LIFE Ceramics Analysis and Reliability Evaluation of Structures Life Prediction Program
CARES_PC Ceramics Analysis and Reliability Evaluation of Structures- PC version
CASE_A Computer Aided System Engineering and Analysis, ECLSS/ATCS Series
CASRE Computer Aided Software Reliability Estimation, Version 2.0
CEA Chemical Equilibrium with Applications
CEMCAN Ceramic Matrix Composites Analyzer
CET93 PC Chemical Equilibrium with Transport Properties
CFC Compressible Flow Computer Program
CFD Seal Analysis Industrial Codes Analysis of Turbomachinery Seals
CLIPSITS CLIPS Intelligent Tutoring System
COMPPAP Composite Plate Buckling Analysis Program
COMPSIZE Composite Structure Preliminary Sizing Program
Contour Plot Algorithm A General Algorithm for the Construction of Contour Plots
COSTMODELER A Generalized Framework for Development and Application of Software Development Cost Estimation Models
CRANS Configurable Real-Time Analysis System
CUTSETS Minimal Cut Set Calculation for Digraph and Fault Tree Reliability Models
CWG Mutual Coupling Program for Circular Waveguide-Fed Aperture Array
DANST-PC Dynamic Analysis of Spur Gear Transmissions
DART Digital Signal Processor for Thermocouples
DATASPACE A Program for the Logarithmic Interpolation of Test Data
DEMAID A Design Manager's Aid for Intelligent Decomposition
DET MPS The GSFC Energy Balance Program, Direct Energy Transfer/Multimission Spacecraft Modular Power System
DFFSM Dynamic Fluid Flow Simulation Models
DUALREF Generalized Dual Reflector Analysis Computer Program
EIVAN An Interactive Orbital Trajectory Planning Tool
ELAPSE Nasa Ames LISP and ADa Benchmark Suite
EQAIRS Computer Codes for the Evaluation of Thermodynamic and Transport Properties for Equilibrium Air to 30000 K
Etalon Model Calculates several etalon performance parameters
ETARA Event Time Availability, Reliability Analysis
F77NNS a Fortran-77 Neural Network Simulator
FAST Flow Analysis Software Toolkit
FASTRAN II Fatigue Crack Growth Structural Analysis
FATPLUS The Automated Fatigue Calculation Program
FEAT Failure Environment Analysis Tool
FECAP Finite Element Composite Analysis Program for a Microcomputer
Film Resistivity Program Resistivity of a Thin Film Deposited On a Conductive Substrate
FLUID Thermodynamic and Transport Properties of Fluids
FPT Fortran Programming Tools for the DEC Vax
FREDOM Frequency Domain Propagation Model
FSCATS Forth Source Code Analysis Tool Set
GAP Groove Analysis Program, Version 1.0
GAS Graphics Animation System
Gaussian Beam Laser Resonator Program Models laser resonators using Gaussian ray trace techniques
GEMPAK GEneral Meteorological PAcKage
Generalized Digital Contouring Program Combines the best of several contouring programs
GENOPTICS A General Optical Systems Evaluation Program
GFI Easy PC Graphics
GFSSP Generalized Fluid System Simulation Program
GISS Generalized Impact Stress Software
GO Graphics Oriented Program
GRAM-95 NASA/MSFC Global Reference Atmospheric Model-1995
GRAPE Two-Dimensional Grids About Airfoils and Other Shapes By the Use of Poisson's Equation
GRID3O Fast Generation of Multilevel, Three-Dimensional Boundaryconforming O-Type Computational Grids
GRIDGEN Multiple Block Grid Generation Software
GVS General Visualization System
HARP Hybrid Automated Reliability Predictor, Version 7.0
HARPO Hybrid Automated Reliability Predictor Output Graphics Display
HEVA Hybrid Electric Vehicle Analysis
HME Hierarchical Modelling Environment
HONTIOR Higher-Order Neural Network for Transformation Invariant Object Recognition
HYPERSAMP Hypergeometric Attribute Sampling System Based On Risk and Fraction Defective
IESIP Improved Exploratory Search Technique for Pure Integer Linear Programming Problems
Image Processing Algorithm Evaluator Evaluation of Registration, Compression and Classification Algorithms
IMP Integrated Mission Program
IND The IND Decision Tree Package
IPEG Improved Price Estimation Guidelines
Laboratory Process Controller Laboratory Process Controller using Natural Language Commands from a Personal Computer
LANZ Software for Solving the Large Sparse Symmetric Generalized Eigenproblem
LASCAT Design of Catalytic Monoliths for Closed-Cycle Carbon Dioxide Lasers
Laser Rod Temperature Distribution Computer Model of Temperature Distribution in Optically Pumped Laser Rods
LERC-SLAM The Nasa Lewis Research Center Satellite Link Attenuation Model Program
LIMAP LISP Matrix Processor
LSENS General Chemical Kinetics and Sensitivity Analysis Code
MAT Multi-Attribute Task Battery for Human Operator Workload and Strategic Behavior Research
Metallurgical Programs Calculation of Mass from Volume, Density of Mixtures, and Conversion of Atomic to Weight Percent
METCAN-PC Metal Matrix Composite Analyzer
MIPROPS Interactive Fortran Programs for Microcomputers to Calculate the Thermal Physical Properties of Twelve Fluids
MLITEMP Prediction of Thermal Effects associated with Hypervelocity Impact Damage
MOLFLUX Molecular Flux Program
MOM3D A Method of Moments Code for Electromagnetic Scattering
MONTASS 20 Monocoque Tank Analysis Spreadsheet System, Version 2.0
More NASA COSMIC Programs Additional COSMIC collection programs available from Open Channel Software
NAD Programs Numerical Analyses for Treating Diffusion in Single-, Two-, and Three Phase Binary Alloy Systems
NASA FLAGRO v2 Fatigue Crack Growth Computer Program
NASTRAN Nasa Structural Analysis System
NBOD2 Program to Derive and Solve Equations of Motion for Coupled N-Body Systems
NETS A Neural Network Development Tool, Version 3.0
NNETS Neural Network Environment on a Transputer System
ODEAS Orbit Determination Error Analysis System
OFFSET Ray Tracing Optical Analysis of Offset Solar Collector for Space Station Solar Dynamic Power System
OPMILL Micro Computer Programming Environment For CNC Milling Machines
Optimal Aircraft Trajectories Optimal Aircraft Trajectories for Specified Range
ORACLS Optimal Regulator Algorithms for the Control of Linear Systems
PACKMAN Packing Manager Software for 3-Dimensional Cargo
Panel Library and Editor Panel Library and Editor
PASCO Structural Panel Analysis and Sizing Code
PCPANEL_PNLGRF A Flow Solver for Single/Multi-Element Airfoils and Turbomachinery Blade Rows
PDT Particle Displacement Tracking Software
PDW Raytheon TDU-850 Printer Driver for Windows
PFAFAT Probabilistic Failure Assessment for Fatigue
PIXTOOLS 13 Programs and a Library That Operate on Bitmap Image Files
PLOT3D Visualization software for Computational Fluid Dynamics
PMARC 12 Software for computing the potential flow field around complex three-dimensional bodies
PSHFT Computerized Life and Reliability Modelling for Turboprop Transmissions
PUMPA Centrifugal and Axial Pump Design and Off-design Meanline Performance
PWC Pairwise Comparison Software: Software Program for Pairwise Comparison Task for Psychometric Scaling and Cognitive Research
PYROLASER Pyrolaser Optical Pyrometer Operating System
QUERYS Quick and Unusually Easy Repository Search
ROCKFILL Software for Calculation of Key Robot Weld Information
S-CHART Scheduling Chart Program
SAGE Multi-Dimensional Self-Adaptive Grid Code
SCAT System Commonality Analysis Tool
SCRAM An Engineer's Tool for Prediction of Airframe Integrated Scramjet Performance
SD SURF Space Debris Surfaces: Structural Damage Prediction and Analysis
SDVIC Sub-Pixel Digital Video Image Correlation
SEAL Dynamics of Face and Annular Seals with Two-phase Flow
SHABERTH Analysis of a Shaft Bearing System
SHAFT ORBIT Shaft Orbit Display program
SILHOUETTE Hidden Line Computer Code with Generalized Silhouette Solution
SLOCC Source Lines of Code Count
SNIP Sinda-NASTRAN interfacing Program
SOCIT System/Observer/Controller Identification Toolbox
SPECIES Evaluating Thermodynamic Properties, Transport Properties & Equilibrium Constants of an 11-Species Air Model
SPLICER A Genetic Algorithm Tool for Search and Optimization, Version 1.0
SRGULL An Advanced Engineering Model for the Prediction of Airframe Integrated Scramjet Cycle Performance
SSL The Simple Sockets Library
SSM Solid Surface Modeler, Version 6.0
STAGS Structural Analysis of General Shells, Version 2.0
STARS An Integrated, Multidisciplinary Finite Element Structural, Fluids, Aeroelastic, and Aeroservoelastic Analysis Computer Program
STASS Skin-Stringer Tank Analysis Spreadsheet System
STEADY A Steady State Thermal Analysis Program for Microcomputers
STUF Stowage Tactics for User Flight
SUNTRACKER Computation of the Azimuth and Elevation Angles of the Sun
SUPER PHACOMP Sigma Phase Prediction
SWTPAS Subsonic Wind Tunnel Performance Analysis Software
TAE PLUS 52 Transportable Applications Environment Plus, Version 5.2
TAP Thermal Analyzer Program
TARGET Task Analysis Report Generation Tool, Version 1.0
TF Tolerance Factors and Non-Central T Distribution Computer Program
TFSSRA Thick Frequency Selective Surface with Rectangular Apertures
Transient Response Program Transient Response of Ablating Axisymmetric Bodies including the Effects of Shape Change
TRASYS Thermal Radiation Analyzer System
Travel Forecaster Menu-driven software saves time/money for planning travel
TS-SRP PACK Computer Programs to Characterize Alloys and Predict Cyclic Life using the total Strain Version of Strain Range Partitioning
TWOBODY Improved Implementation of LaGrange Multiplier
VASP Variable Dimension Automatic Synthesis Program
VIEW Radiation View Factor Program
Viscous Characterictics Analysis Code To Analyze Supersonic Combustion Flow Fields with Imbedded Subsonic Regions
VLMD Vortex-Lattice Code for Determination of Mean Camber Surface for Trimmed Noncoplaner Planforms with Minimum Vortex Drag
VLOADS Launch Vehicle Loads Analysis For Preliminary Design
VPI Vibration Pattern Imager: a Control and Data Acquisition System for Scanning Laser Vibrometers
WINCELSS Windows Controlled Ecological Life Support System Simulator
XYPLOT An Interactive 2D Plotting Program for the Iris Workstation
ZIP3D An Elastic and Elastic-Plastic Finite-Element Analysis Program for Cracked Bodies
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