Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Johns Hopkins 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. NASA’s DART Data Validates Kinetic Impact as Planetary Defense Method (Justyna Surowiec) Since NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) successfully impacted its target over five months ago, on Sept. 26, the DART team has been hard at work analyzing the data collected from the world’s first planetary defense test mission. Their latest findings were published in four papers in the journal Nature. Wed, 1 Mar 2023 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL to Host Girl Power STEM Event March 12 (Amanda Zrebiec) APL will host the Girl Power STEM event on Sunday, March 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. This event — the first fully in-person Girl Power since 2019 — will be held on APL’s South Campus in Building 201. Thu, 23 Feb 2023 08:00:00 EDT The Future of Uncrewed Aerial Systems Depends on Public Trust (Amanda Zrebiec) While technological advances will play a central role in enabling commercial uncrewed aircraft systems, the successful implementation of these systems will depend more on public confidence than on any technical achievement. Wed, 22 Feb 2023 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Staff Members Recognized for STEM Leadership with Black Engineer of the Year Awards (Amanda Mantiply) Five staff members at APL have been honored with Black Engineer of the Year Awards for their innovative leadership in science, technology, engineering and math. Mon, 13 Feb 2023 08:00:00 EDT DART Mission Receives Space Foundation Achievement Award (Justyna Surowiec) The team behind NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) has been selected to receive the 2023 Space Achievement Award, a top award from the Space Foundation. This annual award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated breakthrough space technology or program success representing milestones in space exploration. Wed, 8 Feb 2023 08:00:00 EDT Prototype Planner Offers New Capability for Radar Search Plans (Paulette Campbell) Submitting a Request for Analysis for AN/TPY-2 radar search plans used to be a long process that produced a limited result, but APL has conceptualized a way to transform a static document into a dynamic computer program, known as a planner. Tue, 7 Feb 2023 08:00:00 EDT IMAP Mission Successfully Completes Critical Design Review (Ashley Hume) After a successful mission-level design review, the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe team got NASA’s go-ahead to continue working on the spacecraft, instruments and systems. Johns Hopkins APL is building and will operate IMAP, which is set for a 2025 launch. Mon, 6 Feb 2023 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Names Minh Huebner as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business, Construction and Facilities (Amanda Zrebiec) Minh Huebner has been named chief financial officer and head of APL’s Business, Construction and Facilities Department, effective Jan. 30. She will provide executive leadership and management for APL enterprise business services such as finance and accounting, prime contracting, procurement, regulatory compliance, construction, and facilities maintenance and renovation. Mon, 30 Jan 2023 08:00:00 EDT ATLAS Internship Program Launches Careers, Breaks Records (Amanda Zrebiec) The APL Technology Leaders and Scholars (ATLAS) program wrapped up its 23rd summer last year with its largest cohort ever. It’s a positive trend for the competitive internship program for students who have an interest in scientific research and attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). Thu, 26 Jan 2023 08:00:00 EDT Coastal Defenders: Protecting the Nation’s Coasts with Natural Solutions (Katie Kerrigan) As sea levels continue to rise, and the need to safeguard our coastlines increases, Johns Hopkins APL researchers are using materials science and marine biology to study and support natural structures that can mitigate erosion. Tue, 24 Jan 2023 08:00:00 EDT NASA’s Webb Identifies Its First Exoplanet — And It’s the Size of Earth (Jeremy Rehm) Using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a team led by researchers at Johns Hopkins APL confirmed the discovery of an exoplanet — a planet orbiting another star — orbiting a red dwarf star roughly 41 light-years away — and it’s almost exactly the size of Earth. Wed, 11 Jan 2023 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Again Honored with Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award for Best Places to Work (Amanda Zrebiec) For the second year in a row, APL was honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award as one of the top 100 Best Places to Work among large U.S. companies. Wed, 11 Jan 2023 08:00:00 EDT Scientists May Have Solved Decades-Old Mysteries About the Origins of the Solar Wind (Michael Buckley) Scientists with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission think they have discovered the processes that give birth to streams of charged particles — called the solar wind — released from the Sun’s corona, or upper atmosphere. Tue, 10 Jan 2023 08:00:00 EDT Creating a New Cybersecurity Paradigm for a Cloud-Based World (Amanda Zrebiec) Scientists, mathematicians and engineers at APL are building a new cybersecurity paradigm that’s suited to the realities of how computing and collaborating are done in the 21st century. Their work has applications in health care, weapons systems and space, as well as in protecting critical infrastructure and industry generally. Tue, 10 Jan 2023 08:00:00 EDT Mistry Takes Internship to New Heights with Virtual Reality Work (Michael Buckley) Moving across the country at 19 years old is no small feat, but Anika Mistry, who interned at Johns Hopkins APL last summer, was up for the challenge. Mon, 9 Jan 2023 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Provides Autonomous Collision Avoidance Technology for Fixed-Wing UAVs (Amanda Zrebiec) APL researchers have given aerobatic fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) the ability to autonomously navigate complex environments using onboard sensing, a first-of-its-kind achievement. Wed, 5 Jan 2023 08:00:00 EDT Climate Change Likely to Affect Communications, Remote Sensing Technologies (Amanda Zrebiec) A team at APL recently studied the potential impact of climate change on communications and remote sensing systems like radars, and determined that severe changes in Earth’s climate would likely affect these technologies — in some cases for better, in others for worse. Tue, 4 Jan 2023 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Engineer Helps Launch Unique Online Robotics and Autonomous Systems Graduate Program (Paulette Campbell) Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals, a collaboration between APL and the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering (WSE), has launched one of the only fully online Robotics and Autonomous Systems master’s programs in the nation, offered within WSE’s Engineering for Professionals program. Wed, 21 Dec 2022 08:00:00 EDT Scientists Following a Dusty Tail to Shape the Story of DART’s Impact (Justyna Surowiec) Since NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft intentionally slammed into the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos on Sept. 26 — altering its orbit by 33 minutes — the investigation team has been digging into the implications of how this planetary defense technique could be used in the future, if such a need should ever arise. DART team members provided a preliminary interpretation of their findings during the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 15, in Chicago. Thu, 15 Dec 2022 08:00:00 EDT Phil Larson Named Chief Government Relations Officer (Amanda Zrebiec) Phil Larson has been named as Johns Hopkins APL’s chief government relations officer. He brings 15 years of science and technology policy experience to APL, having served in senior positions in the White House, industry and academia. Thu, 15 Dec 2022 08:00:00 EDT Making a Volcanic Splash: Tonga Eruption Blasted Water Vapor into Outer Space (Michael Buckley) The eruption of the mostly submerged Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Jan. 15, 2022, was among the most powerful in the modern era, creating a massive planet-sized shockwave that reverberated around the globe for days. A new Johns Hopkins APL study shows for the first time that the explosion also blasted water vapor past the boundary of outer space. Wed, 14 Dec 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Named to Computerworld ‘Best Places to Work in IT’ for Fifth Year in a Row (Michael Buckley) For the fifth consecutive year, APL was named to Foundry’s Computerworld Best Places to Work in IT list. The award program showcases companies that offer IT professionals a stimulating work environment alongside competitive compensation and benefits. Tue, 13 Dec 2022 08:00:00 EDT Intern on Johns Hopkins APL’s Dragonfly Mission Shoots for the Moon (Michael Buckley) Will Suero Amparo, an intern in APL’s Space Exploration Sector, aspires to become an astronaut. Now, working on the Dragonfly space exploration mission through the Dragonfly Student & Early Career Investigator Program, he is one step closer to that dream. Wed, 7 Dec 2022 08:00:00 EDT New Advances in Neural Interfaces Research at Johns Hopkins (Paulette Campbell) Johns Hopkins APL and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have reported research progress on multiple neural interface technologies for functional restoration, rehabilitation and augmentation for people affected by spinal cord injury, upper limb loss and blindness. Wed, 7 Dec 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Is Setting the Path to Prevent Traffic Jams in Space (Michael Buckley) Today, traffic in cislunar space might look like a quiet country road. It may never grow to resemble rush hour in Times Square, but experts believe the region will be much busier in the coming years, prompting a need for additional situational awareness capabilities to prevent space traffic jams. Mon, 5 Dec 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL to Build Science Instrument for First Canadian Lunar Rover (Jeremy Rehm) APL scientists and engineers will develop an infrared imaging instrument for Canada’s first lunar rover. Called LAFORGE, the instrument will be the first to fly to the lunar surface with the capability of measuring the low temperatures found in some shadowed regions. Thu, 2 Dec 2022 08:00:00 EDT DART Mission Earns Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” for Pioneering Planetary Defense Capability (Justyna Surowiec) The editors of Popular Science magazine have named NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) one of the top technology innovations of 2022. Designed, built and managed by Johns Hopkins APL, DART changed the orbit of a celestial body for the first time in human history, demonstrating the capability to defend the Earth from a potential future impact. Wed, 30 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL’s Dutta Reelected IEEE Communications Society Member-at-Large (Paulette Campbell) Ashutosh Dutta, a senior wireless research scientist and chief 5G strategist in APL’s Asymmetric Operations Sector, has been reelected to serve as a member-at-large to the board of governors for the IEEE Communications Society, and recently received two prestigious IEEE honors. Mon, 28 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EDT NASA’s Webb Telescope Reveals an Exoplanet Atmosphere in ‘Once Impossible’ Detail (Jeremy Rehm) Johns Hopkins APL scientists are part of an international team that used NASA’s Webb Telescope to reveal the first comprehensive list of molecular ingredients in the atmosphere of a planet roughly 700 light-years away. Wed, 23 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Shapes a Vision for Promoting Security in Cislunar Space (Michael Buckley) APL has released a Cislunar Security National Technical Vision with recommendations for policy and technology development to enable safety and stability in the cislunar region. Mon, 14 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EDT Moon Maneuvers: Johns Hopkins APL Envisions Strategy and Technology Needed for Lunar and Cislunar Space (Michael Buckley) As space becomes increasingly easy to access through the proliferation of commercial launch vehicles, cislunar space and the lunar surface are poised to become the world’s next great frontier. Two APL teams are exploring the strategy, policy and technology needed to promote peaceful, collaborative use of this region in the years to come. Thu, 10 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Uses AI, Satellite Images to Track Greenhouse Emissions (Paulette Campbell) APL scientists have leveraged the global coverage of satellite imagery and the strengths of machine learning to create the first automated approach for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from the road transportation sector. Wed, 9 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL, Partners Earn NIH Neuromod Prize to Expand Spinal Cord Injury Research (Paulette Campbell) APL joins a University of Louisville-led team developing neuromodulation therapies for spinal cord injuries as part of a National Institutes of Health grant. Tue, 8 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Trains AI to Adapt Through Video Games (Amanda Zrebiec) Developed by APL researchers, Meta Arcade enables the artificial intelligence community to modify common arcade games and measure how well an autonomous agent can handle those changes. Fri, 4 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Names Porche as National Security Analysis Mission Area Executive (Katie Kerrigan) Porche will leverage more than 30 years of leadership and engineering expertise to guide experts as they combines innovative technical knowledge and operational analysis to create emerging capability solutions to national security challenges. Thu, 3 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Develops Methods to Capture and Destroy ‘Forever Chemicals’ (Katie Kerrigan) The Environmental Protection Agency recently declared PFAS an urgent public health and environmental issue facing communities across the United States. APL scientists are developing technologies to capture and destroy these harmful “forever chemicals.” Tue, 1 Nov 2022 08:00:00 EDT U.S. Space Force to Partner with Johns Hopkins on Professional Development (Michael Buckley) Johns Hopkins APL is teaming up with the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies to provide professional development training and state-of-the-art facilities for top U.S. Space Force leadership candidates. Wed, 26 Oct 2022 14:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Names Ann Kedia as Chief Communications Officer (Michael Buckley) APL has named Ann Kedia chief communications officer and head of the Laboratory’s Communications Department, a team of professionals dedicated to conveying and elevating the impact of APL innovations on the nation and the world. Mon, 24 Oct 2022 14:00:00 EDT Bowman, Phillips Earn Society of Women Engineers Honors (Michael Buckley) Recognizing the leadership and technical contributions of two Johns Hopkins APL staff members, the Society of Women Engineers has honored Alice Bowman with the prestigious 2022 Resnik Challenger Medal and Kerri Phillips with its Emerging Leader Award. Tue, 18 Oct 2022 08:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Experts Recognized by Undersea Warfare Community (Katie Kerrigan) Jon Berry and Lisa Blodgett from APL’s Force Projection Sector were awarded the Bronze Medal and Vice Adm. Charles E. Weakley Award, respectively, at the National Defense Industrial Association’s Fall Conference in September. Wed, 12 Oct 2022 14:00:00 EDT NASA Confirms DART Mission Impact Changed Asteroid’s Motion in Space (Justyna Surowiec) Analysis of data obtained over the past two weeks by NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) investigation team shows the spacecraft’s kinetic impact with its target asteroid, Dimorphos, successfully altered the asteroid’s orbit. This marks humanity’s first time purposely changing the motion of a celestial object and the first full-scale demonstration of asteroid deflection technology. Tue, 11 Oct 2022 14:00:00 EDT CIRCUIT Sparks Investment in the Next Generation of STEM Professionals (Katie Kerrigan) Five years after CIRCUIT’s pilot, the intensive undergraduate program is welcoming more students than ever from around the globe to assist Johns Hopkins APL staff members on a variety of research work. Thu, 6 Oct 2022 08:00:00 EDT Bullseye! NASA’s DART Mission Impacts Asteroid Target in World First (Justyna Surowiec) After 10 months flying in space, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration, successfully impacted its asteroid target on Monday — the agency’s first attempt to move an asteroid in space. Mission control at APL announced the successful impact at 7:14 p.m. EDT. Mon, 26 Sep 2022 7:20:00 EDT DART’s Small Satellite Companion Tests Camera Prior to Dimorphos Impact (Justyna Surowiec) NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is set to make history next Monday as the world’s first planetary defense test, and the spacecraft’s own “mini-photographer” LICIACube (short for Light Italian CubeSat for Imaging Asteroids) is warming up to capture the event. Sat, 24 Sep 2022 10:00:00 EDT DART Tests Autonomous Navigation System Using Jupiter and Europa (Justyna Surowiec) After capturing images of one of the brightest stars in Earth’s night sky, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft turned its camera toward another eye-catching spectacle: Jupiter and its four largest moons. Tue, 20 Sep 2022 10:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Executives Appointed to Defense Science Board (Paulette Campbell) James Miller and David Van Wie have been appointed to the Defense Science Board, a federal advisory committee chartered to provide Department of Defense leadership with independent advice and recommendations on matters related to strengthening national security. Tue, 20 Sep 2022 10:00:00 EDT Novel Teaching Tool Earns Hopkins Collaborators International Conference Honors (Amanda Zrebiec) A Johns Hopkins APL and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine team earned a best paper award at the 2022 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference, for documenting how they developed an interactive microseminar to teach neuroscience, robotics and computer science to high school students. Mon, 19 Sep 2022 10:00:00 EDT DART’s Small Satellite Companion Takes Flight Ahead of Impact (Jeremy Rehm) The small satellite companion aboard NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) has successfully separated from the main spacecraft, popping out of its spring-loaded box to capture valuable information about DART’s impact into an asteroid that will inform future planetary defense efforts. Thu, 15 Sep 2022 10:00:00 EDT DART Sets Sights on Asteroid Target (Justyna Surowiec) NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft recently got its first look at Didymos, the double-asteroid system that includes its target, Dimorphos. Wed, 7 Sep 2022 10:00:00 EDT NASA and Johns Hopkins APL Partner to Give Students Real-World Space Mission Design Experience (Jeremy Rehm) Through a pilot program run in partnership between NASA’s Glenn Research Center and APL, students worked virtually with NASA experts to develop concepts for new science missions that require nuclear power systems to reach the deep solar system. Wed, 7 Sep 2022 10:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Earns Additive Manufacturing Benchmark Challenge Honors (Katie OHara) APL researchers earned two first-place awards and one second-place award in an additive manufacturing modeling challenge led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Tue, 6 Sep 2022 10:00:00 EDT APL Achievement Awards Celebrate Staff Members’ Bold Innovations and Game-Changing Impact (Michael Buckley) Johns Hopkins APL celebrated staff members’ initiatives and accomplishments during the 2022 APL Achievement Awards ceremony. The event recognized 178 staff members as part of 29 winning entries. Tue, 6 Sep 2022 10:00:00 EDT From Lab to Sea, Johns Hopkins APL Genomics Researchers Bring DNA Sequencing Tools Into the Field (Katie OHara) Building on rapid genomics capabilities developed to respond to outbreaks and pandemics like COVID-19, a team of APL researchers ventured to Monterey Bay and the Arctic to characterize the underwater world. Thu, 1 Sep 2022 10:00:00 EDT Parker Solar Probe Prepping for Close Encounter with Highly Active Sun (Michael Buckley) As NASA’s Parker Solar Probe approaches its 13th perihelion, or close encounter, with the Sun on Sept. 6, it is heading into a much different solar environment than ever before. The Sun is becoming more and more active as solar maximum nears, and scientists are excited about the potential for groundbreaking observations. Wed, 31 Aug 2022 10:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Researchers Earn 2022 R&D 100 Awards (Katie OHara) APL researchers have captured two 2022 R&D 100 Awards for their work on a comprehensive and automated cyber defense capability, known as More Situational Awareness for Industrial Control Systems (MOSAICS), and the Airborne Collision Avoidance System for Small Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (ACAS sXu). Fri, 26 Aug 2022 14:00:00 EDT DART Team Confirms Orbit of Target Asteroid (Justyna Surowiec) Using some of the world’s most powerful telescopes, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) investigation team confirmed the orbit of Dimorphos around its parent asteroid, Didymos, and its expected location when the DART spacecraft impacts the moonlet next month. Fri, 26 Aug 2022 10:00:00 EDT Two From Johns Hopkins APL Receive Hopkins Diversity Recognition Awards (Paulette Campbell) The two APL staff members who are among this year’s recipients of Johns Hopkins Diversity Recognition Awards have more in common than their new honors: Both are driven by their unique backgrounds and a passion for service. Fri, 26 Aug 2022 10:00:00 EDT Webb Telescope Spots Carbon Dioxide in Exoplanet Atmosphere for First Time (Jeremy Rehm) A new study using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and that involved researchers from Johns Hopkins APL reports the detection of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet from another planetary system. The discovery underscores Webb’s impressive capabilities and promises exciting results when researchers later peer at smaller rocky planets across the galaxy. Thu, 25 Aug 2022 10:00:00 EDT On the Rise: Three Johns Hopkins APL ‘Standouts’ Earn DARPA Early Career Honor (Amanda Zrebiec) Three APL staff members have been selected as DARPA Risers, up-and-coming standouts in their fields recognized for national security-related research with the potential to lead to technological surprise. Thu, 25 Aug 2022 14:00:00 EDT 2022 Discovery Awards Fund Johns Hopkins APL Projects in Robotics Sensors, Public Health and Food Systems (Katie OHara) Four teams featuring APL investigators have earned Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards. Covering work in areas ranging from sustainable materials to social sciences to artificial intelligence, the research awards encourage cross-university collaborations that promise high-quality and impactful results. Mon, 22 Aug 2022 9:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL’s Egan Named Lab’s First Full-Time Sustainability Manager (Amanda Zrebiec) Elizabeth Egan became the Lab’s first full-time sustainability manager in June. She’ll play a critical role in implementing the Johns Hopkins Sustainability Plan at APL, while setting a path for long-term stewardship and compliance on campus. Mon, 22 Aug 2022 9:00:00 EDT Parker Solar Probe Thriving Four Years After Launch (Ashley Hume) Four years after launch, Parker Solar Probe is operating exceptionally well, despite flying through some of the most extreme environments in the solar system, and is sending back more than twice the planned amount of science data. Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Recognized with Handshake Early Talent Award (Paulette Campbell) APL has been named a 2022 recipient of Handshake’s Early Talent Awards, an honor that recognizes the Lab as one on a short list of employers for best-in-class talent engagement. Fri, 12 Aug 2022 12:00:00 EDT Ukraine Crisis Latest Activation for Johns Hopkins APL’s Disaster Response Corps (Michael Buckley) Through the Disaster Response Corps, APL is bringing its world-class expertise in data analytics, remote sensing, systems engineering and other relevant disciplines to monitor damaged medical infrastructure in Ukraine. Wed, 10 Aug 2022 12:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Secures Spot on Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators List (Hannah Longstaff) For the fourth year in a row, Fast Company featured APL on its Best Workplaces for Innovators list. Wed, 3 Aug 2022 9:00:00 EDT Parker Solar Probe Mission Earns International Academy of Astronautics Laurels Team Award (Michael Buckley) The International Academy of Astronautics presented its 2021 Laurels for Team Achievement Award to leaders of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission, recognizing the team’s efforts to create and operate humanity’s first mission to “touch the Sun.” Thu, 28 Jul 2022 13:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Honored for Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Paulette Campbell) US Black Engineer Magazine has recognized APL for its support of engineering schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, particularly efforts to strengthen education-to-employment pipelines for students in STEM fields. Mon, 25 Jul 2022 13:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Europa Clipper Team Marks a Month of Major Milestones (Jeremy Rehm) In June, the APL Europa Clipper team delivered two science instruments and a radiation sensor to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, marking the Lab’s latest significant contributions to NASA’s historic mission to explore Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. Mon, 18 Jul 2022 12:00:00 EDT The Human Touch: Johns Hopkins APL Engineers Develop Tech Usability Standards (Paulette Campbell) A new technology’s value depends on whether people can actually use it. APL engineers played key roles in developing a Human Readiness Level scale, designed to indicate a system’s readiness for use by humans. Mon, 18 Jul 2022 15:00:00 EDT Grabow Appointed National Health Mission Area Executive (Paulette Campbell) Barry Grabow has been named mission area executive for Johns Hopkins APL’s National Health Mission Area, formally occupying a role he has held in an acting capacity since August. Fri, 15 Jul 2022 13:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Assembles First Global Map of Lunar Hydrogen (Katie OHara) APL scientists have compiled the first complete map of hydrogen abundances on the Moon’s surface. The map identifies two types of lunar materials containing enhanced hydrogen and confirms that water played a role in the Moon’s formation. Fri, 15 Jul 2022 15:00:00 EDT EZIE Mission Jets into Next Development Stage (Jeremy Rehm) NASA has given Johns Hopkins APL the green light to begin detailed designs on the Electrojet Zeeman Imaging Explorer (EZIE) — a SmallSat mission to characterize the electric currents that link Earth’s aurora to the planet’s magnetosphere. Tue, 12 Jul 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL-Founded Maryland MESA Celebrates 45 Years of STEM Outreach (Amanda Zrebiec) Maryland MESA, APL’s flagship STEM outreach program, was founded in 1976 with just two schools in Baltimore City. More than four decades later, the program is thriving — reaching thousands of students in more than 100 schools in eight districts across the state. Tue, 5 Jul 2022 15:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL’s Cyclone Aims to Improve Collaborative Human-Machine Decision Making (Amanda Zrebiec) To improve collaborative decision making between human and machine, researchers at APL created an artificial intelligence agent called Cyclone and trained it to play a cooperative card game through a unique learning process: train Cyclone to play like a human so it can play well with humans. Thu, 30 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT Inspiring Through ASPIRE: Intern Empowers Young Women in STEM (Amanda Zrebiec) Roshni Arun is just a week out of high school, but the ASPIRE intern is already on a mission to empower young women in STEM and increase student access to Johns Hopkins APL’s resources. Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Projects Among Fast Company’s ‘World Changing Ideas’ (Amanda Zrebiec) Three initiatives from APL were honored in Fast Company magazine’s 2022 World Changing Ideas awards, each earning an honorable mention. Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT Deep-Space Landslide Yields an Avalanche of Insight on Asteroid Structure (Michael Buckley) By studying a landslide on the asteroid Bennu, a team of scientists led by Johns Hopkins APL’s Mark Perry has gained new insight into the surface strength — or weakness — of so-called rubble-pile asteroids, the loose collections of smaller rocks and dust held together by their own gravity. Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT CRISM Team Closing Operations with New Global Map of Mars (Jeremy Rehm) In a last hurrah for an imager entering its final months of operation, the CRISM team at Johns Hopkins APL is releasing a new near-global map of Mars produced by the instrument. The first of what will be thousands of pieces colored to convey the mineral composition of the Martian surface were released on Wednesday. Tue, 21 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT NASA’s DART Captures One of Night Sky’s Brightest Stars (Justyna Surowiec) On its journey to collide with an asteroid in the world’s first planetary defense test mission, NASA’s DART captured images of the nearby and very bright star Vega in a test of how light scatters off of the spacecraft’s camera DRACO and other internal parts. Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL-Led Study Culminates in Development of Long Range Discrimination Radar (Paulette Campbell) Years of APL engineering and technical leadership for the Missile Defense Agency Ground Sensors Directorate culminated last December as Lockheed Martin built and installed the multimission Long Range Discrimination Radar at Clear Space Force Station, Alaska. Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Signs Licensing Agreement with SIMS Software (Paulette Campbell) APL has transferred the rights to a tool that streamlines the process for reporting foreign travel to SIMS Software, the leading provider of security information management software to the government and defense industries. Tue, 14 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT Why Phaethon Turned Blue — and How Other Small Sun-Diving Bodies Might, Too (Jeremy Rehm) Asteroid Phaethon’s bizarrely blue color has long been a planetary science puzzle, but a study co-authored by Johns Hopkins APL’s Carey Lisse may have finally untangled the chemical process that gave the asteroid its azure hue. Mon, 13 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Delivers Propulsion Module for NASA Mission to Europa (Jeremy Rehm) After nearly 12 years of design iterations and construction, two trips across the country and thousands of hours of labor, APL has delivered NASA’s Europa Clipper propulsion module — the spacecraft’s “workhorse” — and its radio frequency (RF) module to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California for integration with the remainder of the spacecraft. Tue, 7 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Developing Standards to Enable Better Brain Analysis (Paulette Campbell) APL researchers are standardizing an amazing collection of high-resolution brain mapping data, an effort that would enable unprecedented analysis and make the Laboratory a focal point for neuroscience research. Thu, 2 Jun 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL’s Guo Named an AIAA Fellow (Michael Buckley) Yanping Guo of APL has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) — a prestigious honor bestowed on only 2,008 members in the organization’s history. Wed, 18 May 2022 09:00:00 EDT Semmel Named to Power 30 Higher Education List (Amanda Zrebiec) APL Director Ralph Semmel was recently named to The Daily Record’s second annual Power 30 Higher Education List. Semmel, the Laboratory’s director since 2010, joined college and university presidents and senior administrators, policymakers, advocates for education access and equity and others “on the cutting edge of research and the liberal arts,” the magazine explained. Tue, 17 May 2022 09:00:00 EDT Howard County, Johns Hopkins APL Join Forces to Leverage Smart City Innovation in Gateway District (Paulette Campbell) APL is bringing its expertise in public health, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and climate change into a collaboration with the Howard County Economic Development Authority to incorporate smart and connected community concepts within the county’s Gateway District. Thu, 12 May 2022 09:00:00 EDT Fatigue Monitoring System Holds Promise in Preventing Warfighter Injuries (Amanda Zrebiec) Scientists at Johns Hopkins APL are working on a system to monitor physical fatigue in near-real time. Such a capability could prevent countless musculoskeletal injuries, and fits into a larger portfolio of work at the Laboratory focused on predictive health and human performance modeling. Thu, 12 May 2022 09:00:00 EDT Accelerating Materials Research with AI Keeps Johns Hopkins APL Researchers Ahead of ‘Impossible’ Challenges (Michael Buckley) Researching novel materials — and in particular, characterizing their properties to ensure they’ll function as intended — is time consuming, resource intensive and expensive. APL is leveraging its expertise in artificial intelligence/machine learning, modeling and simulation, and materials science, as well as its additive manufacturing capabilities, to accelerate the characterization and analysis pipeline. Mon, 9 May 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Hosts Workshop to Train Tomorrow’s Cyber Defenders (Amanda Zrebiec) Since its founding in 2014 by APL’s Charlie Frick, the High School Cybersecurity Workshop has provided more than 300 students with hands-on cyber defense training. Fri, 6 May 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johnson Named Johns Hopkins APL Chief of Staff (Hannah Longstaff) As APL’s new chief of staff, Erik Johnson tackles a variety of tasks that loom large over the future of the Laboratory. He shares how his mentors and experiences have prepared him to guide the Executive Council’s strategic decision-making agenda — and much more. Tue, 3 May 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL’s Sharp Honored for Engineering Excellence (Amanda Zrebiec) Jackie Sharp, a mechanical engineer in APL’s Research and Exploratory Development Department, was presented with the annual District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies Young Engineer of the Year award. Wed, 20 Apr 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL’s DeLaHunt Earns Society of Women Engineers Advocacy Award (Amanda Zrebiec) Sylvie DeLaHunt, a senior guidance, navigation and control engineer at APL, has been honored with a WE Local 2022 Engaged Advocate Award from the Society of Women Engineers. Thr, 14 Apr 2022 09:00:00 EDT REACTOR Prototype Brings XR Collaboration Capabilities (Ken Melton) Engineers at Johns Hopkins APL are addressing the challenges of collaborating across wide physical distances by taking advantage of new technologies, designing and implementing the Mixed Reality Collaboration Environment framework, or REACTOR. This unique system allows subject-matter experts and analysts to interact and collaborate globally, with no externally hosted servers and with the capability to customize the approach to the user’s needs. Thr, 14 Apr 2022 09:00:00 EDT NASA Extends Johns Hopkins APL-Led Solar and Space Physics Research Center (Jeremy Rehm) After two years of progress in developing a beyond state-of-the-art computer model, the APL-hubbed Center for Geospace Storms will continue expanding for an additional five years, NASA recently announced, citing the center’s significant potential to transform the fields of space weather and space physics. Tue, 13 Apr 2022 09:00:00 EDT With MOSAICS, Johns Hopkins APL Brings the Future of Industrial Cybersecurity into Focus (Amanda Zrebiec) APL, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory, is leading the development of the first-ever comprehensive, integrated and automated solution for industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity. Tue, 5 Apr 2022 09:00:00 EDT NASA’s Perseverance Rover Captures New Sounds on Mars (Michael Buckley) APL’s Ralph Lorenz is part of an international science team performing the first analysis of acoustics on Mars, releasing a new study that details how fast sound travels through the Red Planet’s extremely thin, mostly carbon-dioxide atmosphere and how Mars might sound to human ears. Fri, 1 Apr 2022 11:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins Uses Augmented Reality to Deliver High-Quality, Low-Cost Pediatric CPR Feedback (Amanda Zrebiec) To improve the quality of pediatric CPR, immersive technology specialists at APL and pediatric emergency physicians from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center are developing an augmented-reality-based CPR coaching system to be used in community care settings. Thu, 31 Mar 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Delivers New Satellite Tracking Capability to U.S. Space Force (Michael Buckley) The U.S. Space Force received Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC) technology from APL, which acted as design agent of the government reference architecture for the operational program. Thu, 24 Mar 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Analyzing Designs, Materials and Operational Impact of Large Structures to One Day Be Built in Space (Paulette Campbell) APL is analyzing application scenarios for large structures manufactured in space, a capability to be enabled by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency NOM4D program. Wed, 23 Mar 2022 09:00:00 EDT A Striking Pose: Sivels Statue Graces National Mall (Amanda Zrebiec) As one of 120 women in STEM to be honored with a statue on the National Mall, Johns Hopkins APL’s Ciara Sivels is part of the #IfThenSheCan exhibit, the centerpiece of the Smithsonian’s Women’s Futures Month. Her statue is on display in the National Air and Space Museum through March 27. Mon, 21 Mar 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Space Innovator Ryschkewitsch Honored by National Space Club and Foundation (Justyna Surowiec) As he ties up a decades-long career in the space domain, former APL Space Exploration Sector head Mike Ryschkewitsch has been recognized with the National Space Club and Foundation’s Norman J. Baker Astronautics Engineer Award. Fri, 18 Mar 2022 09:00:00 EDT Dragonfly Guest Investigator Program Provides Bridge to Opportunities (Michael Buckley) The Dragonfly guest investigator program includes opportunities for early career scientists and engineers to gain experience during all phases of the game-changing NASA rotorcraft-lander mission to Saturn’s moon Titan. Thu, 17 Mar 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL’s “Oz” Reveals the Impact of Disaster Damage on Missions (Amanda Zrebiec) By linking two existing operational capabilities, scientists and engineers at APL have created a tool to arm first responders with crucial information by computing the impact of natural disaster damage on a given mission. Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:00:00 EDT Johns Hopkins APL Rings in 80 Years (Amanda Zrebiec) Since 1942, APL has served as an indispensable resource to the government and the nation’s defense and security. The Laboratory officially marked its oak anniversary with a video celebration and a focus on staying true to its time-tested tenets. Thu, 10 Mar 2022 09:00:00 EDT Comet 67P’s Abundant Oxygen More of an Illusion, New Study Suggests (Jeremy Rehm) Seven years ago, scientists made the surprising discovery of oxygen com