APL Campus

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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NASA Selects Johns Hopkins APL-Led Discovery Mission Proposal for Further Funding

NASA announced Thursday which mission proposals for its Discovery Program will move forward for further consideration and development. Among those selected are a mission to Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io that would be designed, built and co-led by researchers at APL as well as missions to Venus and Neptune’s moon Triton that include APL scientific leads.

NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe Mission Enters Design Phase

A mission that will be designed, built and managed by Johns Hopkins APL to study the interaction of the solar wind with the ancient cast-off winds of other stars, and the fundamental process of particle acceleration in space, has completed a critical NASA review and is now moving closer toward a scheduled launch in 2024.

APL Experts Talk Hypersonics at AIAA SciTech Forum

Is hypersonic flight the next big thing? Dave Van Wie, head of APL’s Air and Missile Defense Sector, tackled this question along with a panel of experts a recent American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) SciTech Forum.

The Young Scientists and the Sea

APL is proud to participate in the Office of Naval Research Scientists to Sea (S2S) program, a unique opportunity for Navy research partners to directly experience how sailors live and work aboard ships. Each participant’s mission and experience are as different as their jobs. Learn how three APL staff members’ time at sea led to learning and growth while seeing their critical contributions come to life.

Parker Solar Probe Team Hears First Whispers of the Solar Wind’s Birth

Scientists have studied the solar wind for more than 60 years, but they’re still puzzled over some of its behaviors. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe — designed and built by APL — hears the small chirps, squeaks and rustles that hint at the origin of this mysterious and ever-present wind. And now the Parker Solar Probe team is getting their first chance to hear them, too.