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Why doesn't NASA release all the aerospace technology into public domain?

There are two major factors at play. First, NASA doesn't own the designs of many of the technologies they use; they contract with private companies to develop them. Technological knowledge does flow ...
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Why isn't SpaceX's Starship "trial and error" development strategy an open source project?

There are many reasons. They include money, intellectual property, regulations, and Elon Musk. Money. Building open source software is relatively inexpensive, sometimes ridiculously inexpensive. No ...
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Saturn V's external blueprints

Had a bit of a gander at what NASA Technical Report Server and Semantic Scholar had to offer and found a couple things that I reckon might be helpful. NASA created a 1/10 scale model of the Saturn V ...
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Saturn V's external blueprints

There's a more detailed profile drawing available for download at the bottom of this Heroic Relics page. Here's a representative slice: It used to be possible to get an inexpensive print of a cleaned-...
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Why won't NASA show any computer screens?

A long, long time ago, I managed to arrange to get two passes to see the first light from one of the Voyager flybys of Jupiter. I collected on lots of debts and pulled lots of strings to get those ...
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Why doesn't NASA release all the aerospace technology into public domain?

There are aspects of what NASA does that cannot be divulged because NASA does indeed rely on trade secrets held by private companies (Russell's first point). There are other aspects of what NASA does ...
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Is the software running on any existing or decommissioned space probes available for download?

NASA just released their 2017-2018 software catalog which lists many different types of software used by NASA. Access requirements and restrictions are as follows: General Public Release—For codes ...
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Why won't NASA show any computer screens?

In trying to explain my feelings on this question in comments on the other answer, I came around to a possible explanation -- There could be a real PR cost to publishing raw data streams in real time. ...
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How open is NASA's "open source" GMAT software?

GMAT has been released under the Apache license since R2013a, so I'd say it's about as wide open as you can get.
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Open source space exploration software projects accepting contributions

You might be interested in the work of Libre Space Foundation it's a non-profit organization that develops open-source technologies (they are based in Greece). LSF builds several open-source projects ...
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Open source liquid rocket engine

Several papers have been published on liquid rocket engines. Below is a collection of some. Some links are from ResearchGate so you need an account there (free for academics/students). With 3D files: ...
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What does it mean when a software is called open-source for US-release only?

Here is what the NASA Software FAQ says: The release type determines who can have a NASA software code. If you meet the access criteria for the code (as defined below), NASA can transfer the ...
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Open source space exploration software projects accepting contributions

Pure Space Exploration is a bit tricky to have an open source project, as many of the items fall under the realm of ITAR restrictions, which probits the sharing of technical data. That being said, let ...
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Can I release rocket plans or software under open-source licensing without running afoul of ITAR?

Maybe The closest thing we have to using ITAR to regulate "software" would be 3D printed gun CAD files. Specifically a company called Defense Distributed makes CAD files for 3D printed guns ...
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Why won't NASA show any computer screens?

"Trade" secrets? I recall hearing that as the reason for no images of the screens in the SpaceX spacecraft. The controls and data on the screen was considered a trade secret and so was not ...
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Why isn't SpaceX's Starship "trial and error" development strategy an open source project?

Frankly, until 3d printing gets significantly better (as in print circuit boards and complex electronics better than printers print thermoplastics today), "open source hardware" doesn't ...
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Why doesn't NASA release all the aerospace technology into public domain?

NASA releases technology through its technology transfer program, for companies who want to develop NASA innovations into commercial products: https://technology.nasa.gov/ Spinoffs using NASA tech: ...
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Is GNU Radio being used for any Deep Space Missions in development?

Your best bet is to implement the specification from the DSN Handbook in GNU Radio. This has been done on at least one deep space mission recently.
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