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The Johns Hopkins University
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.

Latest News

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Parker Solar Probe Thriving Four Years After Launch

Four years after launch, Parker Solar Probe is operating exceptionally well, despite flying through some of the most extreme environments in the solar system, and is sending back more than twice the planned amount of science data.

Johns Hopkins APL Assembles First Global Map of Lunar Hydrogen

APL scientists have compiled the first complete map of hydrogen abundances on the Moon’s surface. The map identifies two types of lunar materials containing enhanced hydrogen and confirms that water played a role in the Moon’s formation.

EZIE Mission Jets into Next Development Stage

NASA has given Johns Hopkins APL the green light to begin detailed designs on the Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE) — a SmallSat mission to characterize the electric currents that link Earth’s aurora to the planet’s magnetosphere.

APL Celebrates 80 Years of

Game-Changing Impact

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80th anniversary