Impact

Lincoln Laboratory's innovative, advanced technology has not only been applied to national security problems but has also had significant impact on science, industry, and society. We have developed optics that enable the discovery of phenomena in the universe, invented a 193 nm lithographic technique that is the industry standard today, and created software that is helping emergency agencies plan for disaster responses.
The longest continuously operating satellite in U.S. history, the Lincoln Experimental Satellite–9, pioneered techniques used in generations of satellite communications systems.
Communication technology still looks to a 60-year-old mathematical solution for mitigating errors in digital transmissions.

Reed-Solomon codes enabled important technologies

This animation highlights some of the satellite systems and commercial products that rely on Reed-Solomon codes to transmit digital data effectively. Animation: Bryan Mastergeorge. Images of Voyager and the Hubble Telescope are courtesy of NASA.
The animation shows technology that the Reed-Solomon codes have enabled: the Voyager spacecraft, DVDs, the Lincoln Experimental Satellite (LES-6), QR codes, and the Hubble Space Telescope.
The animation shows technology that the Reed-Solomon codes have enabled: the Voyager spacecraft, DVDs, the Lincoln Experimental Satellite (LES-6), QR codes, and the Hubble Space Telescope.
Revolutionary enabling technologies are paving the way to NASA's dreams for missions that send scientific data from distances as far away as Mars at incredible speeds that make possible receipt of huge volumes of data and even near-real-time data analysis.
LINEAR, the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research, program is expanding astronomers' knowledge about the population of asteroids and comets in our solar system.

Track an asteroid detection

These two animated, time-stamped images, first one from July 2016 and second one from October 2016, show typical asteroid detections with the Space Surveillance Telescope.
LINEAR 1
LINEAR 2