Software of the Year

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2012 Award Winner

Winner (Co-Winner)

Award Title:

Quake Sim

Lead NASA Center:

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Summary:

Has huge potential to save lives by increasing earthquake forecasting from 20 yrs to 5 yrs. It is broadly used by govt. agencies, universities, and industry for prediction, loss prevention, recovery preparation, insurance, and environmental concerns.

Winner (Co-Winner)

Award Title:

NASA App

Lead NASA Center:

Ames Research Center (ARC)

Summary:

This app reaches a huge audience and communicates a huge spectrum of data from NASA activities in a new way. Many technical challenges were overcome to display this volume of information efficiently enough to be used on smart phones.

Runner Up

  • Open MDAO, Glenn Research Center
    • Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization. The creativity lies in the generality and customizability of the application with user involvement in the continued development. Allows users to tie related simulation tools together for holistic designs of related systems.

Honorable Mention

(alphabetically by NASA Center)

  • GO-Sim, Goddard Space Flight Center
    • Tests the Global Precipitation Mission spacecraft software for solar array deployment, communications systems, instrument simulations, and the ability to run, debug, and develop the actual, unmodified flight software as if it were running on the spacecraft.
  • RITRACKS, Johnson Space Center
    • Provides algorithms/calculations to examine radiation damage to molecular components like DNA mitochondria. Researchers in the field of high energy particle radiation have high hopes for this, but it currently has experienced limited use and validation to date.