Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
75th APL Anniversary


Cassini spacecraft

APL Bids Farewell to Cassini
On Sept. 15, after two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ended an incredible journey of exploration. With Cassini on its deliberate and fiery descent into Saturn went a small but significant piece of APL — the Magnetospheric Imaging Instrument.
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Lab Licenses New Malware Detection Tool
The Lab has licensed REnigma, a real-time malware analysis program, to an Oregon-based spin-off company created to introduce the APL-developed software to the commercial market.
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FSO communications

Water and Air: Flying Fish UAAV Can Go Anywhere
Lab researchers created a fixed-wing, unmanned vehicle that could autonomously operate underwater and then propel itself fast enough to make the transition into the air, becoming an autonomous flying aerial vehicle.
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FSO communications

APL Demonstrates High-Bandwidth Communications Capability at Sea
APL engineers successfully demonstrated a high-bandwidth, free-space optical (FSO) communications system between two moving ships, proving operational utility of FSO technology in the maritime environment.
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‘Dragonfly’ Dual-Quadcopter Aims to Explore Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon
The Dragonfly mission concept would use an instrumented, radioisotope-powered, dual-quadcopter to explore Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, one of our solar system’s “ocean worlds.”
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  • Research and Exploratory Development

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  • Special Operations

  • Strategic Deterrence