NRL Blossom Point Tracking Facility Overview Video

NRL's Blossom Point Tracking Facility (BPTF) provides engineering and operational support to several complex space systems for the Navy and other sponsors. BPTF is the nation’s first satellite command and control facility, established in 1956. [Oct. 9, 2019 - 5 min/03 sec] More


NRL Marine Meteorology Division Overview

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Marine Meteorology Division conducts a research and development program designed to better understand the atmosphere, the coupled environment, and their mission impacts so that they can be better simulated, better predicted, and help the U.S. Military. More

Earth System Prediction Capability

Long-range mission planning is vital to Naval operations and often performed months in advance. Knowing the environment where ships, aircraft, Sailors and Marines will be operating is crucial information. Historically, planners have had to rely only on climatological conditions, but climatology only provides the average conditions of the environment and can be far different from reality. This need to know what to expect in the total environment is why researchers at the U.S. More

Researchers transmit energy with laser in ‘historic’ power-beaming demonstration

During a three-day-long tech demonstration at the David Taylor Model Basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, Maryland, attendees gathered to see a long-range, free-space power beaming system. Attendees this day, May 23, could see the system itself—the two 13-foot-high towers, one a 2-kilowatt laser transmitter, the other a receiver of specially designed photovoltaics. But the laser that was beaming 400 watts of power across 325 meters, from the transmitter to the receiver, was invisible to the naked eye. More

Overview: NRL Space Research and Technologies

Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory discuss their ongoing space research and development efforts. Topics include the development of GPS technology, space mission support capability, the study of space plasmas, free space optics, space weather research, research on sungrazing comets, and NRL’s Blossom Point tracking facility. More

Produced by Jonathan Sunderman, NRL Strategic Communication Office
Edited by MC1 John Bellanger, NRL Strategic Communication Office

Clementine 25th Anniversary Video

Clementine was placed in lunar orbit on February 19, 1994, completing its highly successful lunar mapping mission. Clementine left orbit in early May 1994, but not before amassing a collection of 1.8 million lunar images. Clementine offered many benefits to the U.S. space program. Along with its primary military mission to qualify lightweight technology, it returned valuable lunar data for the international civilian scientific community that exceeded mission science objectives. More

Produced by Jonathan Sunderman, NRL Strategic Communication Office
Edited by MC1 John Bellanger, NRL Strategic Communication Office

NRL Overview Video

Our talented team at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory drives innovative advances in science, technology and engineering from the seafloor to space and in the information domain. We develop, collaborate, and produce powerful results to maintain our nation’s agility and global maritime superiority. More

Building a Safe Home for Bluebirds

As a part of NRL's environmental division, Alisha Sutton, with the help of volunteers from Calvert County's Natural Resources, takes on the task of building nest boxes for blue birds at Chesapeake Bay Detachment in Chesapeake Beach, MD. More

Transparent Armor

Spinel is actually a mineral, it's magnesium aluminate, says Dr. Jas Sanghera, who leads the research. The advantage is it's so much tougher, stronger, harder than glass. It provides better protection in more hostile environments—so it can withstand sand and rain erosion.


Vanguard 60th Anniversary: A Look Back

Launched by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, March 17, 1958, Test Vehicle 4 (TV4), better known as Vanguard I, was the second satellite launched by the U.S., the first successful satellite of the Vanguard series, and the first satellite to use solar cell power. It is the oldest satellite still orbiting the Earth More

Produced and Edited by James Marshall, Strategic Communications Office