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A schematic showing optical ground terminals and satellites transmitting data via lasercom links across the Earth and to the Moon.
laser communications
A new type of fiber could transmit the high-power light needed for future deep-space science and exploration missions.
A schematic of a plane equipped with a lidar detecting humans under dense tree canopy.
Lincoln Laboratory is exploring the feasibility of building an airborne sensing system to detect the presence of humans under dense tree canopy.
an illustration showing earth from space, with a drone, graphs showing data collection, and improved models overlaid on top.
With Alabama A&M University, we are identifying opportunities to apply new remote sensing concepts to improve groundwater measurements and models.  These models can inform decisions related to agriculture, land use, human health and wellness, and geopolitical stability.
A screenshot over the florida panhandle and carribean, with dots in the ocean representing spare salinity monitors.
We are developing a compact and encapsulated optical salinity sensor to enable more distributed and persistent monitoring of the ocean’s 3D structure.
A map of the United States with areas colored on a scale from yellow to dark red, indicating drought severity.
Climate modeling / impact prediction / adaptation
We are developing a neural network using data derived from satellite measurements of temperature and humidity to improve drought monitoring and forecasting.
A diver and autonomous underwater vehicle swim underwater to identify an object (mine).
undersea technology
New navigation and vehicle autonomy algorithms consider which tasks humans and autonomous systems respectively do best, with the goal of improving search path planning and object classification in underwater environments.
A schematic of a burning building with firefighters, firetrucks, and uncrewed aerial vehicles on the scene. Arrows link between them, each within concentric circles, to signify a radio-frequency network.
navigation systems
With the goal of enabling navigation in environments where GPS is unavailable or unreliable, researchers are developing algorithms to fuse information across a network of small, low-power radio-frequency devices.
a researcher looks through a small window on a large metal multichambered molecular beam epitaxy tool.
advanced materials
A new approach to materials discovery aims to expedite the process of deploying new materials for specific mission needs.
Multiple images of drawn faces in different colors connected by white lines.
machine learning
We are using reinforcement learning to train artificial intelligence to team with humans.