Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
75th APL Anniversary


Xiomara Calderon-Colon

New Research Determines How Rainfall Shaped Mars
In a new study published in Icarus, researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and APL determined that heavy rain on Mars reshaped the planet’s impact craters and carved out river-like channels in its surface billions of years ago.
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Xiomara Calderon-Colon

Lab Celebrates Innovations and Accomplishments at APL Achievement Awards
APL’s Annual Achievement Awards recognize the best publications, research and development programs, innovation initiatives, and mission and enterprise accomplishments from Lab staff members in 2016.
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Emelia Probasco

Emelia Probasco Named Chief Communications Officer
Probasco, who has operational, engineering, analysis, and communication leadership experience and is a Navy veteran, will lead organization-wide communication efforts to support and drive APL’s strategic vision.
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brain–computer interface collage

APL Collaborates with Facebook’s Building 8 on Breakthrough Brain–Computer Interface Technologies
The Lab has been designing noninvasive optical imaging methods to increase the reach of neural prosthetics, and ultimately produce technologies that could offer high-speed, thought-driven interfaces.
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High-Speed, Autonomous Surface Patrol Capability Demonstrated
In September, an APL experiment, in collaboration with the Surface Targets Branch of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, worked to advance the state of the art of collaborative, autonomous USV behaviors to higher speeds and larger numbers of vessels.
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  • Civil Space

  • Cyber Operations

  • Homeland Protection

  • National Health

  • National Security Analysis

  • National Security Space

  • Precision Strike

  • Research and Exploratory Development

  • Sea Control

  • Special Operations

  • Strategic Deterrence