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We solve complex research, engineering, and analytical problems that present critical challenges to our nation. APL—the nation’s largest university affiliated research center—provides U.S. government agencies with deep expertise in specialized fields to support national priorities and technology development programs. We also serve as independent trusted technical agents to the government, providing continuity for highly complex, multigenerational technology development systems.

Our Purpose

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to make critical contributions to critical challenges. At APL, we feel it is our responsibility to try to solve these national challenges with the full measure of our dedication and expertise.

Our Core

Our Values

The Lab’s core values are unquestionable integrity, trusted service to the nation, world-class expertise, and game-changing impact—all in an environment that is collaborative, fulfilling (and even fun!).

Our Future

Our Goal

APL’s purpose and core values guide our future, and it is no less than to create defining innovations that ensure our nation’s preeminence in the 21st century.

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With Its Single “Eye,” NASA’s DART Returns First Images From Space

Just two weeks after liftoff, NASA’s DART spacecraft, which Johns Hopkins APL designed, built and manages, opened the door to its DRACO camera and returned its first star-filled images. The images will help researchers calibrate for DART’s ultimate goal of crashing into an asteroid.

Explosives Engineer Works Across Disciplines to Serve Johns Hopkins APL

Marine veteran and APL engineer Justin Peters leads with enthusiasm — for his field of study, his colleagues and the warfighters he serves. Peters deeply enjoys the multiple roles he plays at APL, from his official job as a chief engineer to his informal role as a trusted advisor to colleagues who rely on his expertise in the niche field of explosives engineering.

Johns Hopkins APL Researchers Aim to Set Safer Paths for Swift-Flying Robots

Despite significant advances in drone technology and autonomous systems over the last couple of decades, a world where small, swift robots dart and weave through pedestrians, bikes and cars in the urban landscape remains firmly in the realm of science fiction. But researchers at APL have made significant progress on two key technical problems that stand in the way of fiction becoming a reality.