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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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Parker Solar Probe Offers Stunning View of Venus

During Parker Solar Probe’s third Venus flyby, the camera aboard the Johns Hopkins APL-built spacecraft captured a striking — and surprising — image of the planet’s nightside.

New Equation Lays Odds for Life on Venus

If life did arise on Venus, does it still exist? A new Johns Hopkins APL-led study provides a framework for estimating that chance. The Venus Life Equation calculates the probability that life currently exists on the second planet from the Sun by focusing on the likelihood of each of three factors: origination, robustness and continuity.

Johns Hopkins APL Partners with CDC to Protect Frontline Health Care Workers

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, APL is collaborating with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality on a study to characterize and analyze the airborne transmission of infectious agents in hospital settings — with the goal of reducing risks to frontline health care workers and patients.

Little Moon Io Helps Jupiter Accelerate Charged Particles to Incredible Speed

Recent analyses of data fortuitously collected by an APL-built instrument on NASA’s Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft reveal the planet’s little moon Io packs quite a punch, accelerating protons and other charged particles to millions of miles of per hour through an invisible link between itself and Jupiter.

Johns Hopkins APL Partners with InductiveHealth on Disease Informatics for Health Agencies

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists into a second year and conducting disease surveillance continues to be an important component of public health responses, APL has entered into an agreement with InductiveHealth Informatics to facilitate access by additional state and local governments to the APL-developed Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics, or ESSENCE.