The LASSOS display screen highlights the laser strike event in live sensor imagery and generates a 3D model of the laser streak in Google Earth. Image courtesy of the research team.

The Future is Already Here

William Gibson's observation that "the future has arrived, it's just not evenly distributed yet" aptly describes many of the groundbreaking technologies that are just now becoming a reality at Lincoln Laboratory. For example, Laboratory researchers developed the Localizing Ground-Penetrating Radar that enables an autonomous ground vehicle to consistently localize itself and stay in its lane, even during snow storms.

Featured Projects

This is an image of adiamond seed crystal that glows orange.
Engineered diamonds show promising capability for use in quantum sensing of magnetic fields.
Rice cooker with attached infrared sensor.
By connecting a PV microgrid powered by solar panels to homes, engineers could provide people who live in regions of power-insecurity with the energy to cook their meals. Unused power could be applied to phone-charging stations.
The Laboratory's novel optical communication system was integrated on a robotic undersea vehicle.
A system that enables robust, long-distance communications between underwater vehicles exploits laser technology.
CASCADE software uses complex systems modeling and simulation to explore thousands of adversarial action-reaction logic branches and predict probable outcomes. The software generates cyber solutions optimized for security, cost, and mission performance.
CASCADE software simulates cyber attacker and defender actions and recommends multiple courses of action to make systems and networks more secure.
For installation aboard a launch vehicle, a space telescope using technology developed for DISCIT will fold up into the compact shape seen at the left, but will expand its segmented sparse subapertures, right, once deployed.
Technologies enabling the deployment of an expandable telescope from a small spacecraft could pave the way for the development of other payloads for small satellites.

New Technology Initiatives

The New Technology Initiatives (NTI) Board is made up of the Technology Office leadership and Laboratory staff from all research areas. The board oversees the funding of advanced technology development. The NTI funds applied research that combines mature components and ideas in novel ways to solve a specific problem. Demonstrations of the promising concepts and systems allow researchers to assess and answer sponsors' concerns that development of the new technologies is a high risk venture.

The NTI supports research in diverse areas.

Researchers in biomedical systems developed EnteroPhone™, a wireless, ingestible device that monitors a person's vital signs from within the gastrointestinal tract. A multidisciplinary team created the Laser Aircraft Strike Suppression Optical System (LASSOS) that locates the source of laser beams aimed at aircraft and relays that information to law enforcement.