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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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SMART Nav: Giving Spacecraft the Power to Guide Themselves

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) will be the first-ever mission to test a way to protect Earth from an asteroid strike. But to ensure DART hits its harmless test target, scientists and engineers at Johns Hopkins APL developed a guidance system unlike anything used on spacecraft before — a system that can direct a spacecraft entirely on its own without any human intervention.

‘Solving Problems Others Haven’t’ Keeps Blodgett Focused on Invention

Dave Blodgett says he often wakes up at night thinking about work, but that’s OK, because it’s thrilling when your work has tremendous potential for meaningful impact. The chief scientist for APL’s Research and Exploratory Development Department secured his 10th patent in 2020 and has been honored as a Master Inventor.

A Father’s Advice Drives Master Inventor George Coles

As he was growing up, George Coles Jr. often heard from his father, “If you use it, you need to know how to fix it.” That advice framed an approach to innovation for Coles, one of three staff members to recently earn the APL Master Inventor Award.

60 Years on, Nuclear Power Still Enables Pioneering Space Missions

Sixty years ago today, the U.S. launched its first nuclear-powered satellite into space, a power source that has since enabled more than two dozen pioneering space missions. Here’s a look at four of those missions, all led by Johns Hopkins APL, and the discoveries they have made (or will make).