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2009 Award Winner

The Software Advisory Panel met at NASA Glenn Research Center to hear presentations from nominees to determine their recommendations to the Inventions and Contributions Board for the selection of the 2009 award. The Software Advisory Panel Members for 2009 were:

2009 Software of the Year Award Advisory Panel

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Members of the Software Advisory Panel (left to right in photo)

  • Robert T. Savely (Johnson Space Center)
  • Jesse C. Midgett (NASA Headquarters)
  • Melissa Bodeau (NASA Office of Safety & Mission Assurance)
  • Tomas J. Soderstrom (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • William L. Little (Kennedy Space Center)
  • Scott E. Green (Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • Caroline K. Wang (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • Roger Truax (Dryden Flight Research Center)
  • John C. Kelly (NASA Headquarters Office of the Chief Engineer)
  • Jay G. Horowitz (Glenn Research Center)
  • Kerry M. Gough (Langley Research Center)
  • Lori Parker (NASA Headquarters Office of the Chief Information Officer)
  • Anthony R. Gross (Ames Research Center)
  • Anthony J. Maturo (NASA Headquarters) (not pictured)

On August 19, 2009 the Inventions and Contributions Board confirmed the following award selections. The Winner's award was presented at the 2010 NASA Project Management Challenge in Galveston, Texas.


Award Title:

NASA World Wind Java (WWj) Software Development Kit (SDK) and Web Mapping Services (WMS) Server

Lead NASA Center:

Ames Research Center (ARC)

Case Number:



World Wind

Scientists all over the world use World Wind to display their data.

The World Wind Java (WWj) Software Development Kit (SDK) consists of modular components that can be combined to operate as a single system. The architecture of the heritage "World" version restricted its use because it was an application instead of SDK plug-in technology. For these reasons, World Wind was refactored into cross-platform Java and rearchitected into a highly portable API-centric SDK. Because World Wind, the client, is "not" an application but a software development kit (SDK), it allows applications to focus on information intelligence, "their" value-added. The modular architecture also improves the ability to advance the overall technology due to the increased ability to optimize individual components.

World Wind, by providing access to sophisticated technology based on open standards, increases the opportunity for competition and entrepreneurial enterprise while simultaneously helping to standardize the infrastructure for information exchange. The WWj SDK accomplishes this by being engineered in compliance with internationally embraced Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Mapping Service (WMS), to which NASA is a signatory (along with DHS, NOAA, NGA, EPA, and the USGS). These OGC WMS are protocols for requesting and delivering geospatial data. The WWj WMS server supports these protocols while allowing for any degree of additional innovation or customized application.

Users include the European Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, PEMEX (Mexico Petroleum Company), General Dynamics, World Bank, Sun Microsystems, IBM, Northrop Grumman, and the Government of Australia. Geoscience Australia (USGS equivalent) is using World Wind for public access to geologic data.

Runners Up

(alphabetically by NASA Center)
  • Spacecraft Planet Instrument C-Matrix Events (SPICE) Toolkit, Jet Propulsion Laboratory NPO-19984-1, 42432-1, 47017-1
  • Copernicus Trajectory Design and Optimization System, Johnson Space Center MSC-24209-1

Honorable Mentions

(alphabetically by NASA Center)
  • Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Wave & Image Processor Software (A Software Platform for Post-Processing Waveform-Based NDE), Glenn Research Center LEW-18460-1
  • Lightning Protection Design and Verification Tool, Kennedy Space Center KSC-12882
  • System IDentification Programs for AirCraft (SIDPAC), Langley Research Center LAR-16100-1