The Great Years of Rath -- Materials Science & Component Technology Head Concludes 41-year Career at NRL

WASHINGTON -- Walk into Dr. Bhakta B. Rath’s office on a mid-August morning, and he welcomes you with a warm hello and handshake before settling in behind a desk piled unreasonably high with countless stacks of folders, documents, DoD correspondence and other paperwork requiring the attention of a man who leads more than 750 researchers and manages a $260 million budget. More

Sediment Research is a Large, Yet Granular Exercise at NRL

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- It’s an unseasonably warm February afternoon at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (SSC), Mississippi, where three men are tinkering with a 7-foot tall, four-legged instrument platform, preparing it for an upcoming research experiment off the coast of Virginia. More

NRL Brightens Perspective of Mysterious Mini-Halos

(WASHINGTON• August 3, 2017) -The largest gravitationally bound objects in the universe are galaxy clusters that form at the intersection of cosmic web filaments. These entities are shaped and grow through massive collisions as material streams into their gravitational pull. Within the heart of some galaxy clusters are mysterious and little known radio mini-halos. These rare, dispersed, and steep-spectrum (brighter at low frequencies) radio sources surround a bright central radio galaxy and are highly luminous at radio wavelengths. More

NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship

WASHINGTON – Recently, a novel coating developed by researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the exterior topsides of Navy surface ships went beyond small area testing to covering the entire freeboard of an amphibious assault ship.

Until April of 2017, NRL’s single-component (1K) polysiloxane coating had only been tested on 400-800 sq.ft. areas of ships due to limited production quantities and the typical size of topside paint repairs conducted by their crews. More

NRL Holds Dual Change of Command, Retirement Ceremony

WASHINGTON -- Captain Mark Bruington, the 38th commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, was relieved by NRL executive officer Captain Scott Moran during a dual change of command and retirement ceremony at the Navy’s corporate laboratory July 7, 2017. More

NRL Chemist Develops Device to Train Canine Units on Odor Detection

Man’s best friend returned to the silver screen this June in the film “Megan Leavey,” a story based on the true events about young Marine Megan Leavey and her combat canine, Rex. The film shines light on the importance of canine units throughout the military, whether it is aiding soldiers in combat situations or using their keen sense of smell to detect explosives in the field. More

Acoustics Expert Retires After 42 Years at NRL

Dr. Edward R. Franchi, the Associate Director of Research for the Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, will retire June 30, 2017, after more than 40 years of of cutting-edge research and executive management at NRL. More

Nitrides in Transition

WASHINGTON —The average, everyday person might not be familiar with gallium nitride, also known as GaN, but there is a good chance they’ve heard of silicon, a semiconductor that’s been used for decades and found in every computer and most electronics. More

NRL Astronomers Inspire Youth to Gaze at Stars

WASHINGTON – U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) astronomers will point their telescopes toward the stars during the annual Astronomy Night on the National Mall (ANOM) June 2. More

NRL Showcases Technologies at SAS 2017

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) participated in the Navy League’s 52nd annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, April 3-5. More

NRL Experiments Transition Flawlessly Aboard ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) installed NRL’s Limb-Imaging Ionospheric and Thermospheric Extreme Ultraviolet (UV) Spectrograph (LITES), and Global Positioning System (GPS) Radio Occultation and Ultraviolet Photometer Co-located (GROUP-C) research instruments Feb 28.

The payload was delivered via SpaceX’s FALCON 9 rocket Feb. 17, and later retrieved by a robotic-arm aboard the ISS. After several days of installation, payload managers and the DoD Space Test Program successfully performed tests to confirm the instruments functioned properly. More

New Vanguard Supercomputer Launches on Anniversary of Vanguard Project

On March 17, 1958, the Vanguard I satellite was launched into Earth’s orbit. Part of NRL’s Vanguard Program, this satellite was the first of three successful Vanguard launches, spawning America’s first solar-powered foray into space carrying scientific experiments. From the Vanguard Project spawned the establishment of the first Real-Time Computing Center, a program that calculated orbit trajectory in real time to facilitate signals from the satellite to the surface below. More

Vanguard I Celebrates its 59th Anniversary in Space

This year marks the 59th Anniversary of the Vanguard I satellite’s launch into space. Part of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Vanguard Program, this satellite was launched on March 17, 1958. The first of three successful Vanguard launches, this satellite was America’s second foray into space after Explorer I, the first of which to be powered by solar energy. More

Mr. Joseph Edward Peak Receives Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Head of the Signature Technology Office at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Mr. Joseph Edward Peak received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Jan. 25, for sustained performance, outstanding technical leadership, management, and research and development achievements that increased Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Special Operations operational capabilities and survivability over the past 15 years. More

NRL Hosts Second Annual ‘Day at the Lab’ for Local Schools

Scientists and research engineers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), headquartered in the District of Columbia (DC), hosted five regional schools, March 2, in support of ‘National Week at the Labs,’ established in 2016 by the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to inspire young people's interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). More

NRL's Not-So Hidden Figure

The box office hit film Hidden Figures is raising awareness towards overlooked contributions made by African-Americans in the science and technology (S&T)community. More