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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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APL Plays Key Role in Aegis Ashore Intercept Flight Test

APL engineers, working with industry partners, the Missile Defense Agency, and U.S. Navy sailors manning the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex, played a key role in successfully intercepting an intermediate-range ballistic missile target using a Standard-Missile (SM)-3 Block IIA missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii.

Johns Hopkins APL Plays Key Role in Second SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test

APL engineers, in cooperation with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the U.S.S. John Finn (DDG-113), played a key role in the successful live-fire intercept using the new Standard Missile-3 Block IIA guided missile during an October 26, 2018, flight test off the west coast of Hawaii.

Cassini’s ‘Grand Finale’ Yields Findings From Inside Saturn’s Rings

After 13 years and a very successful exploration of Saturn, NASA’s Cassini mission dared to venture where no spacecraft had gone before. The results of this so-called “Grand Finale” have yielded a trove of discoveries, described by many APL scientists in the journals Science and Geophysical Review Letters.

APL Experts Provide Research on Ways to Drive Health Care Interoperability

A new publication from the National Academy of Medicine, led in part by APL researchers, shows how our health care system’s lack of interoperability — the ability to seamlessly and automatically deliver data across time and space from and to multiple devices and organizations — results in waste, inefficiency and clinician burnout, which can contribute to patient safety risk.

Do Robot Swarms Work Like Brains?

A new study by APL and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine will explore similarities in how the mind and robot swarms plan navigation, and drive advances in the study of both subjects.

No Boundaries: Hypersonic BOLT Experiments

A team in APL’s Force Projection Sector is tackling a challenge that is critical to hypersonics: accurately predicting the state of the boundary layer, or the thin layer of air near the surface of these incredibly fast-moving vehicles.

Midshipmen Gain Real-World Cyber Experience

Recently, three midshipmen interns got a unique opportunity to share their work with the Laboratory’s Navy Cyber Forum, a collection of senior subject matter experts from across APL who coordinate and collaborate on cyber issues.

APL, Navy Teaming Up to Improve Military Health Care

Health systems engineers at APL are working with the Navy to expand the role of Navy hospital corpsmen stateside and improve access to medical care for military members through a pilot program called Connected Corpsmen in the Community (CCC).