APL’s Response to COVID-19 Laboratory Operations and Visitor Guidance

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Applied Physics Laboratory

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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DART Team Takes a Last Look at Asteroid Target Before Launch

As integration and testing continue on the spacecraft, DART’s investigation team has kicked off the mission’s final prelaunch observation campaign on the ground, using powerful telescopes located around the world in an effort to get a glimpse of the asteroid system that DART will encounter this year.

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.

Surer Signs of Life

A team is developing new tools to help search for life beyond Earth, including chips that isolate biomolecules critical to life and a thumb-drive-size sequencer that could read genetic material from another world.