NASA is publicly embracing open source this month with the launch of CosmosCode, according to a Wired story. Taking public the project, which was designed by 25-year-old Jessy Cowan-Sharp and 28-year-old Robert Schingler at NASA's Mountain View, Calif.-based Ames Research Center, will enable the agency to recruit software engineers to develop code for live space missions, the story says.
The effort is the next step in NASA's move toward greater transparency. Volunteer engineers are already helping NASA with various problems through its CoLab program, and the agency has released more than 20 programs under the NASA Open Source Agreement license. Until the project goes public later this month, a core group of CosmosCode participants will continue meeting in Second Life.
Schingler says the project "certainly could be a big deal" considering the amount of interest outside developers have already shown.