NASA launched a new website so agency employees and contractors can download apps that securely access NASA’s systems.

The new website, apps@NASA, allows authorized users to download the internal mobile apps to personal and NASA mobile devices, according to an official blog post late last month from the agency.

The app website is one of many services provided through the NASA Enterprise Applications Competency Center (NEACC), which is designed to help NASA improve business processes and carry out new technology in the agency’s strategic plan.

One of the three apps available so far in the store is the Multimedia Control Program for the Mobile Command Post (MCP2). The app is designed to control inputs and displays for the Johnson Space Center Mobile Command Post. Another app, called WebTADS Mobile, allows employees to log work hours done outside the office, which are then reflected on a timesheet screen.

NASA CIO Linda Cureton wrote in the blog post that the app store will help NASA advance beyond the debate of using mobile devices at work.

“There’s a lot of debate in the IT community relative to the use of mobile devices in the workplace in general,” Cureton wrote. “Whether or not IT providers are ready or not, mobile devices both enterprise-issued and personally-owned are in the workplace.”

Photo: The International Space Station. Image courtesy NASA.