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Applied Physics Lab (APL)
Applied Physics Lab (APL) develops a variety of special instrumentation and tools for answering specific vehicle processing and GSE requirements including focus areas in optics, acoustics, capacitance, NDE and other technologies. The APL specializes in technology response with applied physics. The laboratory receives problems from the Orion/SLS, Expendable Launch Vehicle, International Space Station/Payloads, and future programs and works to solve them using concepts at technology readiness levels 3 and 4. Laboratory personnel take demonstrated concepts that can solve a problem and ultimately turn them into field-worthy hardware. Primary areas of expertise are electromagnetic radiation (mainly ultraviolet, optical, infrared, and millimeter), ultrasonics, sensor development, mechanical system design, electromagnetics, atmospheric electricity, lightning physics, lightning interaction with aerospace vehicles, and lightning protection. Work focuses on advanced sensors and systems for measurement and leak visualization and detection, nondestructive evaluation of flight hardware and ground support equipment, flight hardware positioning systems, and cryogenics. The APL works closely with several contractor-operated laboratories that help take the demonstrated concepts forward to operational hardware. The lab is also capable of developing lunar mission capable flight avionics & software for instruments/payloads with mission operations ground control software.
Prototype device to indicate H2 leakage or fire at the flanged joint
Non-intrusive thermal flow meter for orbiter windows
A hollow aluminum sphere hanging by a thin steel wire in a Helmholtz coil
Instrument control software
RP15 payload control node in LCC
RP15 payload on JSC Rover
PCB board design and development
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