Capabilities, Facilities and Methodology
APL is recognized as a leader in mission design and navigation; instrument development; mechanical engineering; mechanical design, thermal, and instrument accommodation; communications hardware; electrical subsystems and power; precision timekeeping devices, mission operations, and scientific research. Our facilities are essential to support our spaceflight build process and scientific discoveries.
APL operates with an AS9100C certified quality management system. That certification is specific to the Laboratory's spaceflight program management, systems engineering, design, development, production, integration, test and operation processes. APL maintains an impressive record of delivering high-quality space systems on time and on budget.
See Our Labs and Facilities
Atomic clocks in the Time and Frequency Lab support NASA and APL space missions.
A facility that hosts a range of equipment to prepare flight hardware for the extreme conditions of launch and outer space.
A laboratory that hosts ultraviolet, visible and near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy experiments.
A facility equipped to investigate meteorites and geochemical processes in our solar system.
Centers to serve as "command central" for APL spacecraft flying across the solar system.
A facility that acts as a proving ground for optical instrumentation for spaceflight.
A laboratory to investigate the nature of impacts on bodies across the solar system.
A facility to design, develop and test gamma-ray and neutron sensors.
A team that ensures a mission's flight hardware is clear of microbes or other biological "hitchhikers."
A laboratory to build, test, calibrate and deploy surface-based and suborbital radio frequency measuring capabilities.
A facility to provide commanding, ranging, telemetry and Doppler tracking services for sponsor missions and commercial space activities.
A facility to perform thermal infrared investigations of geologic materials in realistic planetary environments.
Measurement facilities to develop antennas for a variety of space applications and missions.
An environmental chamber for testing materials, sensors and gas-solid samples at Venus-like surface conditions.
A facility for simulating and studying the reflectance and polarization characteristics of planetary surface analog materials.
Home to several Laboratory efforts, from fundamental and mission science research, to instrument development and testing, to sample preparation and cryogenic storage.