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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.

Latest News

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DART Mission Receives Space Foundation Achievement Award

The team behind NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) has been selected to receive the 2023 Space Achievement Award, a top award from the Space Foundation. This annual award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated breakthrough space technology or program success representing milestones in space exploration.

Prototype Planner Offers New Capability for Radar Search Plans

Submitting a Request for Analysis for AN/TPY-2 radar search plans used to be a long process that produced a limited result, but APL has conceptualized a way to transform a static document into a dynamic computer program, known as a planner.

IMAP Mission Successfully Completes Critical Design Review

After a successful mission-level design review, the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe team got NASA’s go-ahead to continue working on the spacecraft, instruments and systems. Johns Hopkins APL is building and will operate IMAP, which is set for a 2025 launch.

Johns Hopkins APL Names Minh Huebner as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business, Construction and Facilities

Minh Huebner has been named chief financial officer and head of APL’s Business, Construction and Facilities Department, effective Jan. 30. She will provide executive leadership and management for APL enterprise business services such as finance and accounting, prime contracting, procurement, regulatory compliance, construction, and facilities maintenance and renovation.

ATLAS Internship Program Launches Careers, Breaks Records

The APL Technology Leaders and Scholars (ATLAS) program wrapped up its 23rd summer last year with its largest cohort ever. It’s a positive trend for the competitive internship program for students who have an interest in scientific research and attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

Creating a New Cybersecurity Paradigm for a Cloud-Based World

Scientists, mathematicians and engineers at APL are building a new cybersecurity paradigm that’s suited to the realities of how computing and collaborating are done in the 21st century. Their work has applications in health care, weapons systems and space, as well as in protecting critical infrastructure and industry generally.

APL Celebrates 80 Years of

Game-Changing Impact

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