Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Enhancing National Security through Science and Technology


A Colorado man wears two of APL’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs.

Amputee Makes History by Controlling Two Modular Prosthetic Limbs
A Colorado man became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of APL’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs.
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The Aerosol Indicator for Self-Use, a socially networked air-quality monitor

A Record Year for Technology Transfer Efforts
APL had a record-breaking year for transferring technologies to commercial industry in 2014. The Laboratory launched six start-up companies, filed disclosures for 257 inventions, and recorded 77 agreements to license APL-developed technologies.
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New Horizons Mission Operations Manager Alice Bowman and operations team member Karl Whittenburg watch the screens for data confirming that the New Horizons spacecraft transitioned from hibernation to active mode.

On Pluto’s Doorstep, New Horizons Awakens for Encounter
After a voyage of nearly nine years and three billion miles, the APL-operated New Horizons spacecraft came out of hibernation for its long-awaited 2015 encounter with Pluto.
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A Maryland State Trooper using technology while on the job

Dept. of Justice Establishes National Criminal Justice Technology Center at APL
The National Institute of Justice selected Johns Hopkins for a five-year cooperative agreement to establish a new research center designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of a wide variety of technologies for the nation's criminal justice communities.
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A Standard Missile-6 launch

Test Demonstrates Standard Missile-6 Effectiveness and Versatility
A recent Navy test showed the ability of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) to detect and engage a subsonic, low-altitude target over land.
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