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ICB Announces Winners of 2016 Software of the Year Competition

The Inventions and Contributions Board is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Software of the Year competition, which was sponsored by the Offices of the Chief Engineer, Safety and Mission Assurance, and the Chief Information Officer.

Each software technology nominated for this award represents the best software from its respective center. A special panel of software experts from across the Agency reviewed the nominations providing feedback prior to the Centers’ presentations to the board members. The Inventions and Contributions Board ranked the nominated entries and determined the following awards:

Software teams from the Langley Research Center and Ames Research Center were selected as Co-Winners of the 2016 Software of the Year award.

Traffic Aware Planner (TAP), developed at Langley Research Center, is a cockpit-based software tool used to aid pilots in identifying in-flight route-optimization opportunities that are de-conflicted from known traffic, weather, and restricted airspace. Packaged for low-cost implementation as a "change request" tool and leveraging the emerging trend of aircraft connectivity, the TAP software represents the first key, transformational step towards operational autonomy by enabling aircrews to become proactive managers of their trajectories while providing today's operators with a direct operational benefit of this critical first step. In addition to interest by the FAA, TAP has generated immediate and significant attention from the aviation community for its operational and commercial potential. Inventors are David Wing, Mark Ballin, Kelly Burke, Robert Vivona, David Roscoe, David Karr, Stephen DePascale, Sharon Woods, Brendan LeFebvre, Andres Danziger.

TAP Traffic Aware Planner

Ames Research Center developed Pegasus 5, a revolutionary Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tool providing automated integration of CFD grids to enable higher-fidelity aerodynamic analysis, speed, flexibility, and usability for assembling overset CFD grids. One of the most widely used CFD solvers in NASA, Pegasus 5 is also used extensively in industry and at major universities for modeling and simulation. The inventors are: Stuart E. Rogers, Norman E. Suhs, and William E. Dietz. For more information, see the Pegasus 5.2 information page or the NASA Software Catalog entry.

A Runner-up award was given to the Johnson Space Center software team for Generic Command and Telemetry Applications CI-TO.

The following software teams were selected for Honorable Mention:

  • Goddard Space Flight Center: James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Integrated Simulation Test (JIST)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Analytics Cloud
  • Kennedy Space Center: Distributed Observer Network (DON3.1)
  • Marshall Space Flight Center: MAG4 Magnetogram Forecast

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