Space Formulation

Mission Area

Space Formulation

Leaning Forward to Take on the Challenges of the Future

Johns Hopkins APL’s Space Formulation Mission Area leverages the expertise of world-class scientists and engineers to provide NASA and our partners with innovative solutions to the critical challenges they face in the space domain. By identifying areas where APL can strategically partner and collaborate, we are able to devise game-changing missions and instruments on behalf of new and existing sponsors.

We lean forward to take on the challenges of the future. The Space Formulation Mission Area is responsible for the formulation of all new civil space initiatives, and has oversight of the large portfolio of space science grants and cooperative agreements, as well as integrated initiatives that cut across our nation’s civil and national security space domains.

Our work includes bringing together academia, government and industry stakeholders to participate in sponsored exercises, lead coalitions such as NASA’s Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium, and perform research that can be readily applied to future missions.



  • Cislunar space (Credit: Johns Hopkins APL)

    Cislunar Science and Technology

    APL is making critical contributions to the development of cislunar infrastructure to ensure our nation’s security interests are protected, support development of a sustainable cislunar presence, and advance pioneering science.
    Learn more about Cislunar Science and Technology
  • Space Weather

    Space Weather

    APL is a leader in space weather science, observations, and modeling—particularly in understanding the drivers of solar activity, the role Earth’s magnetosphere plays in protecting us, and the response of the upper atmosphere to solar variability.
    Learn more about Space Weather

Recent News