We are explorers

As a specialized laboratory for the U.S. Navy, we are driven to discover. Our research takes us from the depths of the ocean to the edges of the galaxy, producing powerful results that benefit both military and civilians alike. Learn More »

We are protectors

With a mission of ensuring the safety of our armed forces, we've made advancements that impact all humankind. Our work in storm prediction, hazardous chemical detection, and protection against oil spills, for example, is creating a safer world. Learn More »

We are futurists

In an era of constant, often dramatic change, our research in emerging areas like virtual reality, superconductivity, automated systems, and nanotechnology gives the U.S. Navy the strategic and tactical edge needed for success in today's environment. Learn More »

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About NRL

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory provides the advanced scientific capabilities required to bolster our country’s position of global naval leadership. Here, in an environment where the nation’s best scientists and engineers are inspired to pursue their passion, everyone is focused on research that yields immediate and long-range applications in the defense of the United States.

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NRL News Teaser
May 14, 2019

With its large staff of doctoral students and lab employees, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is an ideal setting for grooming the nation’s future science leaders.

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s exclusive science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), “Warlocks,” add the twin engine, Twin Otter aircraft to their versatile fleet, which include three NP-3C and P-3C Orions, an RC-12 King Air, and 12 TigerShark Unmanned Aircraft Systems. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
May 14, 2019

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Navy's premier science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), unveiled the UV-18 “Twin Otter” as the newest addition to the squadron’s unique fleet of aircraft research platforms, May 11.

NRL News Teaser
May 10, 2019

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory flew a fleet of 30 miniature autonomous blimps in unison to test the swarming behavior of autonomous systems. The blimps responded to each other while in flight and responded to changing conditions.

NRL electrical engineer Dr. Woojun Yoon, displays an ultrathin flexible crystalline silicon solar cell that underwent a manufacturing process developed by NRL to thin the cell. The patent-pending method reduces the total thickness of a commercially available cell to approximately 30 microns and ensures its silicon surface won’t crack when bent.
May 9, 2019

In February, researchers at the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory (NRL) submitted a patent application for a new method of manufacturing ultrathin flexible silicon solar cells.

NRL News Teaser
May 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — Developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Plasma Physics Division, in conjunction with the Spacecraft Engineering Department, the Space PlasmA Diagnostic suitE (SPADE) experiment launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station onboard the SpaceX Dragon resupply mission (CRS-17), May 4.