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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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New Horizons Reaches a Rare Space Milestone

NASA’s New Horizons is reaching a rare deep-space milepost — 50 astronomical units from the Sun, or 50 times farther from the Sun than Earth is. The Johns Hopkins APL-operated New Horizons is just the fifth spacecraft to reach this great distance, following the legendary Voyagers 1 and 2 and Pioneers 10 and 11.

Parker Solar Probe Captures First Complete View of Venus Orbital Dust Ring

The Johns Hopkins APL-operated Parker Solar Probe captured the first complete view of Venus’s dust ring, a band of particles that stretches for the entirety of the planet’s path around the Sun. The new observation opens a window to understanding how dust is captured and redistributed throughout the solar system.

Super Sticky: Johns Hopkins APL Creates Strong, Fast, Waterproof Adhesive

An APL team created a rapidly curing underwater adhesive that is effective on a range of surfaces, including aluminum, stainless steel, glass and plastic. The adhesive performed best on untreated aluminum surfaces with a high bonding strength of approximately 400 pounds in 60 seconds.

Europa Clipper Builds Hardware, Moves Toward Assembly

NASA’s Europa Clipper mission has passed a significant milestone, completing its Critical Design Review. Being developed by Johns Hopkins APL and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the mission can now start to assemble and test the spacecraft and its payload of sophisticated science instruments.

Johns Hopkins Researchers Advancing Safety of AI and Autonomous Machines in Society

To advance the benefits and safety of the technology behind unmanned vehicles and the array of artificial intelligence programs automating our devices, offices, homes and community grids, the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy (IAA) has invested in a portfolio of 10 state-of-the-art research projects uniting researchers across Johns Hopkins University.

Detecting Hidden Signals

In a new paper, a Johns Hopkins APL research team explained how they applied two theoretical tools of quantum information to extremely sensitive signal detection tasks. Their research suggests that honing this sensitivity to detect signals while rejecting background noise will enable the use of quantum detectors even when this surrounding noise is strong relative to the signal of interest.