About the Facility

The APL Concurrent Engineering Laboratory (ACE Lab) is an environment in which a team of scientists, engineers and managers can work collaboratively to develop innovative and competitive space mission concepts. The ACE Lab fosters rapid and collaborative design evolutions. Staff members lend their talents for a specific study and draw upon their experience from flight programs. By relying on engineers with extensive project experience, the design team is better positioned to develop unique and creative solutions grounded in practical application to better address our sponsors’ challenges. A small team initially identifies mission objectives, requirements and basic mission design. After project definition, a full team of engineers works concurrently in the ACE Lab to arrive at a technical and fiscal solution, utilizing their full suite of tools and an extensive library of previous missions and concept documentation.