According to Steve Jurczyk, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington, this is NASA’s way of giving a push to technological developments in every field by providing tools and applications used by best aerospace professionals to small businesses, educational institutes. Proper utilization of such resources can create jobs and even save lives. You can find these resources online and if you choose to get a hard copy, that’s available too.
LEWICE is also a part of the 2017-2018 software package which space agency used to study effects of icy chilled weather in high altitude flights. Cart3D, also known as Automated Triangle Geometry Processing for Surface Modeling and Cartesian Grid Generation helps u to visualize fluid dynamic properties of drones and crafts in flight. Weightless is a quite popular video demonstrating formation flying. You can do something like that with NASA’s Formation Flying System for UAVs and Satellites. Yes! That’s included in the catalog. A really useful one is Global Reference Atmospheric Model. These models can be used for analyzing environmental trends on Earth, Mars, Venus, etc.
These are just few of them and there are thousands of such useful and not so useful (for general public) feats of technological development in the catalog. Everything in this package comes with a description in laymen language. NASA hopes to see some creatively new implementations as most of the software in this year’s package is never released before.
Source: NASA, TechCrunch