Space Science and Engineering


Expanding the frontiers of space science and technology

Since the dawn of the Space Age, APL has expanded the frontiers of space science and technology. We took the first picture of Earth from space, invented satellite navigation, dispatched spacecraft across the solar system, and demonstrated technology to advance our nation’s security.

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Rendering of the IMAP spacecraft

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NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) mission, which APL is building in partnership with Principal Investigator David McComas of Princeton University, will explore our solar neighborhood, called the heliosphere — decoding the messages in particles from the Sun and beyond our cosmic shield.

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APL’s scientists and engineers are leading and developing initiatives that will facilitate the exploration of the Moon and that could define the future of space exploration.

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Learn more about how we lead missions from design and build through operations and data delivery.

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