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


image of the boron carbide coated reticulated carbon foam sample

New Materials Discovered to Detect Neutrons Emitted by Radioactive Materials
A new research paper reveals how specially prepared carbon foam can be used in the detection of neutrons emitted by radioactive materials — a task of critical importance to homeland security, as well as industry and safety.
Learn More »

Girl Power presentation

APL to Host 'Girl Power'
The annual Girl Power expo on March 8, held at the Kossiakoff Center, will feature hands-on activities, demonstrations and explorations of careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Learn More »

Photo of APL’s George Coles, with co-principal investigators Sybil Klaus and Eric Jackson from Johns Hopkins Medicine

Researchers Reduce Shunt Maintenance for Hydrocephalus Patients
APL engineers and physicians at Johns Hopkins Medicine are working on a device that will help doctors determine if a hydrocephalus patient's shunt is failing, without radiation or invasive procedures.
Learn More »

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.
Learn More »

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.
Learn More »


  • Air and Missile Defense

  • Civil Space

  • Cyber Operations

  • Homeland Protection

  • National Security Analysis

  • National Security Space

  • Precision Strike

  • Research and Exploratory Development

  • Sea Control

  • Special Operations

  • Strategic Deterrence