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  • APL was ranked #8 on Fast Company's most innovative companies in the space industry.

    Johns Hopkins APL Named as One of Fast Company's 2018 "Most Innovative Companies"

    "We are very proud of our history in space exploration, including the New Horizons mission's historic first flyby of Pluto two years ago. Right now, we could not be more excited about the breakthroughs we have achieved with Parker Solar Probe," said APL Director Ralph Semmel.

  • The deadline for our summer 2018 ATLAS internship program is December 31st. The ATLAS internship program is for STEM majors attending HBCUs, HSIs, and other minority-serving institutions. Learn more and submit applications at

  • This December, more than 100 APL staff members and their families gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to lay wreaths on the graves of service members who gave their lives in defense of the nation.

  • How and when did the two moons of Mars form? APL is building an instrument to find out.

    Back to the Red Planet

    NASA has tapped the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, to build a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the two moons of Mars. The instrument, a sophisticated gamma-ray and neutron spectrometer named MEGANE (pronounced meh-gah-nay, meaning "eyeglasses" in Japanese), will help scientists resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Red Planet: when and how the small moons formed.

  • Last month, our Hispanic Awareness Club organized an emergency supply drive to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

    “As a Puerto Rican woman representing the Hispanic professional community at APL, I couldn’t be prouder of my workplace,” said Kathy Santos, a biologist and member of the Hispanic Awareness Club at APL. “I am so very thankful and appreciative of the outpouring of donations and the empathetic nature of the staff. It has sincerely blown me away.”

    APL Staff Members Come through in Force to Support Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Efforts

    For two weeks, boxes in APL lobbies and hallways served as collection points for supplies. Lab staff members came through quickly and in force. The HAC collected more than 14,000 pounds of bottled water, more than 3,500 pounds of nonperishable food and canned goods, many boxes of diapers, baby wipes, and formula, and much-needed medical supplies and other essentials.

  • We're adding a new building to our campus. It will house about 650 staff members, making it our largest facility yet.

    Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Breaks Ground for Research and Development Facility

    The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, broke ground Oct. 16 on what will be its largest building, a blend of complex labs and office space that will primarily house APL's Research and Exploratory Development Department.

  • Meet the Flying Fish, APL's prototype Unmanned Aerial-Aquatic Vehicle (UAAV)

    Water and Air: Flying Fish UAAV Can Go Anywhere

    Much like the tail of the flying fish, the propeller on the Flying Fish UAAV continuously imparts a thrust force to the vehicle during the water-to-air transition. Once airborne, the UAAV operates like a traditional fixed-wing aircraft.

  • Another opportunity to learn about our work at SXSW 2018. Vote now for our session proposal on making hospital technologies more efficient, integrated, and secure.

    The Cure: Hospital Technologies That Work Together

    Patients are denied access to simple life saving techniques purely because the technologies in our hospitals don't work with one another and can't integrate. In addition, the health industry is estimated to lose $750 billion each year because it hasn't solved the problem of interoperability.

  • SXSW 2018 session proposal: cast your vote to hear from APL's Nicola Fox and Elizabeth Congdon about their work on the NASA Parker Solar Probe mission to the sun.

    Touch the Sun: NASA's First Mission to Our Star

    NASA's Parker Solar Probe, launching in 2018, will fly through the sun's corona and will revolutionize our understanding of our star. For almost half a century, scientists have wanted to send a mission to the sun, but no spacecraft could withstand the intense heat... until now.

  • Mind-controlled robotics come to life with APL's Modular Prosthetic Limb.

    The extraordinary story of the man who's getting the most advanced robotic arm in the world

    "It really allows us as human beings to go where our minds can take us, but maybe our bodies can't."

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