Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory


X-rays from Pluto

X-Ray Detection Sheds New Light on Pluto
APL scientists have made the first detections of X-rays from Pluto — observations that offer new insight into the largest and best-known object in the solar system’s outermost regions.
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Ice Not a Major Factor of Dwarf Planet Ceres’ Surface Features
A new finding from a study led by APL researcher Debra Buczkowski indicates that ice is not a major factor in forming surface features of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in orbit between Mars and Jupiter.
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John Contestabi​le receiving the DHS Under Secretary's Award

APL Receives Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary’s Award
An APL team received a 2016 Under Secretary’s Award from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) for its work in leading the testing and development of datacasting, a new technology for first responders.
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Mike White

Mike White to Lead Air and Missile Defense Sector
Mike White has been named head of the Air and Missile Defense Sector. He will oversee all work related to an APL mission that traces its roots to the Laboratory’s founding project, the radio proximity fuze.
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New Pelagos Sensor System Improves U.S. Submarine Operations
An innovative new program called Pelagos — developed as an independent research and development project — provides U.S. submariners with a wide array of new data about their environment, as well as improved methods to utilize this data.
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Operational Test

Aegis Ashore System Successfully Intercepts Target Missile at Pacific Test Range
APL researchers and engineers played a key role in the first Aegis Ashore engagement, resulting in the successful intercept and destruction of a ballistic missile target at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF).
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