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2021 (5)

New Approach Enables Unprecedented Detail for 3D Microprinted Parts

HRL Laboratories, LLC’s additive manufacturing team has demonstrated 3D-printed polymer interposers with previously impossible slanted and curved vias with diameters of less than 10µm. Vias are small openings in the insulating layers of integrated circuits that allow conductive connections between semiconductor layers.

HRL Laboratories Research Scientist Selected for Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

HRL Laboratories, LLC, announced that Aruna Jammalamadaka, a research staff scientist in HRL’s Information and Systems Sciences Lab, was the latest HRL researcher to join other early-career engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s 26th Annual US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, this year conducted virtually.

HRL’s Resin 3D Printed in Space

Pre-ceramic resin invented by HRL’s Additive Manufacturing group has been delivered to the International Space Station aboard the Cygnus unmanned resupply spacecraft. HRL’s material was then part of the first ever stereolithography 3D printing operations in space.

Human-Machine System to Enhance Software Analyst Performance

HRL Laboratories has begun development of a system that will assist program analysts as they search for vulnerabilities in compiled software. The Cognitive Aid for Vulnerability Analysis project has a multi-tiered approach to accelerate reverse-engineering and software comprehension by addressing the gap in human-machine systems that limits their recognition and adaptation to human thought processes, such as attention decay and fatigue, that reduce performance during detection of accidental or malicious vulnerabilities in compiled binaries.
2020 (16)

HRL Laboratories Ramps Up High-Speed Gallium Nitride Semiconductor Foundry

HRL Laboratories, LLC, has scheduled quarterly multi-project wafer (MPW) runs in calendar years 2021 and 2022 for its T3 gallium nitride (GaN) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) technology. HRL’s T3 GaN is a leading-edge millimeter-wave (mmW), high-electron-mobility transistor technology for next-generation, high-data-rate wireless communications, high-resolution radar imaging, and many other defense and civilian applications.

New Research Advances the Art of 3D-Printed Metal

HRL Laboratories, LLC, continues its research push to advance the state of the art in additive manufacturing (AM) of high performance alloys. The HRL AM team’s new paper elucidates the fundamental physics behind HRL’s expertise, which enables significantly improved control of how 3D-printed metals melt and solidify. The paper, Grain refinement mechanisms in additively manufactured nano-functionalized aluminum, was published online in September 2020 ahead of the November print issue of the journal Acta Materialia.

HRL Laboratories Sets Sights on Next-Generation Defense Electronics With Advanced Semiconductor Material

HRL Laboratories scientists are aiming for a disruptive improvement in radar, electronic warfare, and communications capabilities they hope will be enabled by their new project. If they are successful, the W-band, nitrogen-polar gallium nitride low-noise amplifier could be the world’s first such device, launching a new generation of defense-oriented electronics applications with a possible improvement of 4 times the output power in W bands over HRL’s existing technology.

HRL Advances to Next Phase in DARPA DREaM Project for Ultra-linear High-speed GaN Transistors

At HRL Laboratories, LLC, a team led by Principal Investigator Dr. Jeong-Sun Moon is developing the next generation of gallium nitride (GaN) transistors that will have a dramatic effect on electronic components that amplify electromagnetic signals for communications, radar, and 5G wireless networks. The MMIC amplifiers that utilize these high-speed GaN transistors can see greatly improved linearity, noise reduction, and reduced power consumption.

STELLAR Program Aims for Autonomous Vehicles With Permanent Memories

HRL Laboratories has reached the second phase of its novel system aimed to give autonomous systems such as self-driving cars artificial intelligence the ability to learn new tasks and preserve experience without losing or displacing previous learning—features not possible with current AI systems.

Novel Process Creates 3D-Printed Ceramic Matrix Composites

HRL Laboratories, LLC, reports a novel method used to additively manufacture—3D-print—components made from fracture-resistant ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). Published May 28, 2020 in The Journal of the American Ceramic Society, this technique makes possible a new range of complex designs with these durable materials.

Aiming to Improve Infrared Cameras by Curving Focal Plane Arrays

HRL Laboratories, LLC, scientists and engineers are taking on the challenge of developing sensors that are doubly-curved, like a bowl, under a new program from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) sighted on the advancement of infrared (IR) vision. Such curved photographic sensors can enhance clarity throughout an image by bringing its corners into equal focus and brightness as the center.

HRL Laboratories Celebrates 60th Anniversary of First Laser

On May 16, 1960, Theodore Maiman, researcher for Hughes Aircraft Corporation, activated the world’s first laser at the company’s brand new research facility in Malibu, California. HRL will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Maiman’s laser on May 16, 2020, 60 years and a few months after the opening of the site.

NEMESIS Keeps an Eye on Warfighters

HRL Laboratories have successfully demonstrated their NEMESIS program (NEurMorphic EyeS In the Sky), a revolutionary drone-based system to analyze situational awareness and provide actionable intelligence in real time. NEMESIS is a bioinspired system of fast, accurate video processing that emulates human vision. With NEMESIS, small drones can extract, recognize and track human movement, behaviors, and overall scenes from multi-modal sensor data, providing high-quality tactical decisions and actionable intelligence to warfighters as action is happening.

Diamond Electronics Will Take On the Heat

HRL Laboratories, LLC, electrical engineers have published an advancement on their diamond fin field-effect transistor (FinFET), a device that promises to enable future electronics that operate in high-temperature environments beyond the limits of current technology.

MACH: Much Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

HRL Laboratories will design architected materials to be used on the leading edges of hypersonic aircraft as part of the Materials Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics or MACH program from DARPA. Hypersonic vehicles fly at least five times the speed of sound. Leading edges are essential design features because they enable long-range travel at extremely high velocities while maintaining vehicle maneuverability.

CANON Enters New Phase to Increase Focus on Adversarial Activity

HRL Laboratories Complex Analytics of Network of Networks (CANON) system has achieved its second phase in the Modeling Adversarial Activity program, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. CANON is a set of software tools that can “do the math” for intelligence analysts looking for activity directed by adversaries. Using integrated information from networks of networks, CANON analyzes and flags questionable adversarial activity.

Memory Boost With Just One Look

HRL Laboratories, LLC, researchers have published results showing that targeted transcranial electrical stimulation during slow-wave sleep can improve metamemories of specific episodes by 20% after only one viewing of the episode, compared to controls. The same technology may offer a non-invasive treatment to mitigate bad memories that might cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Metamemory describes the sensitivity of whether memories are recalled accurately or not, such as during eyewitness testimony.
2019 (27)

Infrared Cameras WIRED to Require Less Cooling

HRL Laboratories, LLC, is completing development of wafer-scale infrared focal plane arrays that will dramatically reduce the size and cost of infrared or IR cameras. HRL was selected to carry on Phase III of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s program Wafer-scale Infrared Detectors or WIRED.

The ExACT Way to Safe Autonomy

HRL Laboratories tests its Expressive Assurance Case Toolkit (ExACT) in an autonomous M-RZR vehicle as part of the Assured Autonomy program sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). The system can analyze AI-based systems to find or prevent safety failures, computing the circumstances that could avoid bad outcomes.

New Pads Absorb Shock Better Than Foam With Air Flow and Easy Manufacture

HRL Laboratories has published test results showing shock-absorbing pads made from HRL’s microlattice material had up to 27% higher energy absorption efficiency than the current best-performing expanded polystyrene foam when sustaining a single impact and up to 35% higher energy absorption efficiency than state-of-the-art vinyl nitrile foam when impacted repeatedly. Microlattice could replace current foams in protective packaging, shock isolators for electronics, vehicle interiors, and helmet padding from football to bicycle helmets.

Adjustable Negative Stiffness Smooths Every Ride

HRL’s patented adjustable negative stiffness system enables vibration control for land or sea vehicles without bulky seats. The system protects passengers from injury due to rough roads or water conditions at a tenth of the power usage of state of the art shock absorbing systems.

HRL, nTopology, and Morf3D Explore Advanced Design and Materials with 7A77 – The World’s Strongest Additive Aluminum

With the launch of Aluminum 7A77.60L powder, California’s HRL Laboratories functionalized the strongest additive manufacturing aluminum to date. Now, working with 3D design and engineering software company nTopology and aerospace manufacturing service provider Morf3D, HRL has built an application presenting 7A77’s potential in heat transfer and flow applications.

HRL Laboratories Team Wins 2019 R&D 100 Award

HRL Laboratories has won an R&D 100 award in the Mechanical/Materials category for its 7A77 aluminum alloy powder project Nano-functionalized Alloys for Additive Manufacturing. High-strength aluminum alloy can be printed from the powder using standard additive manufacturing equipment, the first time this alloy has been 3D printable.

No Satellite, No Problem!

HRL Laboratories’ new chip-based gyroscopes and accelerometers enable position, navigation, and timing equal to GPS even when satellite signals are obstructed by buildings or terrain.

NASA Sale Launches HRL Laboratories’ Commercial 3D-Printed Aluminum Effort

HRL Additive, a new commercial effort by HRL Laboratories, LLC, has secured the first commercial sale of its groundbreaking 7A77 high-strength aluminum 3D-printing powder to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The production plant is dedicated to producing the printable aluminum powder, designated as 7A77, the first additive feedstock registered by the Aluminum Association.

Kourosh Hadi Joins HRL Laboratories Board of Directors

HRL Laboratories, LLC, leadership and staff are pleased to welcome Kourosh Hadi, Boeing’s Director of Commercial Airplane Product Development, to its Board of Directors. Since 2012, Hadi has been responsible for development of all new and derivative Boeing airplanes. He also oversees advanced concepts, technology integration, and competitor airplane analysis. He also has been working with the University of Washington William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering since 2007 as the Boeing focal executive.

AI Will Boost Naval Command Decision-Making by Navigating Oceans of Data

HRL Computer scientists are working with the Office of Naval Research on the new software system that will provide Navy personnel with fast and explainable recommendations to aid command decision-making by reducing stress and mental workload, and increasing efficiency of logistics personnel.

IEEE Award-Winning Paper Features HRL Transparent Antennas

HRL Laboratories, LLC, Researchers Jim Schaffner and Jae Song of HRL’s Materials and Microsystems Laboratory shared in the TI Best student Interactive Presentation Paper award presented at the IEEE 68th Electronic Components and Technology Conference. The paper presented was Copper Transparent Antennas on Flexible Glass by Subtractive and Semi-Additive Fabrication for Automotive Applications. The paper presented was Copper Transparent Antennas on Flexible Glass by Subtractive and Semi-Additive Fabrication for Automotive Applications.

AMAZING System Will Enable Autonomous Systems to Identify Unknown Images

HRL Laboratories, LLC, has launched an ambitious project to develop a machine learning system that leverages knowledge of a set of labeled data onto a new unlabeled data set the way a child can recognize a zebra while only having ever seen a horse, but being told that zebras look like striped horses.

Radar that Learns to Identify Objects

Scientists at HRL Laboratories have published their new framework for training computer deep neural networks to be able to classify synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images without a large labeled data set, solving the problem of SAR image identification when only a few labeled data were available.

The Nanosheet Transistor Is the Next (and Maybe Last) Step in Moore’s Law


The modern microprocessor is among the world’s most complex systems, but at its heart is a very simple, and we think beautiful, device: the transistor. There are billions of them in a microprocessor today, and they are nearly all identical. So improving the performance and boosting the density of these transistors is the most straightforward way to make microprocessors—and the computers they power—work better.

Boeing, Applied Materials and Others Join New Corporate Partnership Program

The Chicago Quantum Exchange, a growing intellectual hub for the research and development of quantum technology, has expanded its community to include new industry partners working at the forefront of quantum technology and research. These corporate partners are Boeing, Applied Materials, Inc., ColdQuanta, Inc., HRL Laboratories LLC and Quantum Opus LLC.

HRL Podcast E05 | Mike Daily and Dave Payton

Current HRL scientists Mike Daily and Dave Payton are pioneers in modern robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomy to name just a few of their areas of expertise. 

Can A Vehicle be Ice-proof and Bug-proof?

High-durability Anti-fouling and Anti-icing Coatings: Scientist Andy Nowak explains HRL Laboratories’ patented durable coatings that prevent ice or insects from sticking to airplanes, cars, and other exposed structures.

HRL Laboratories is First Ever to Register New 3D-Printed Alloy

HRL Laboratories is commercializing its additively manufactured (3D-printed) high-strength aluminum, which has obtained the first ever registration of an additive alloy from the Aluminum Association. HRL will be granted registration number 7A77.50 for the aluminum powder used to additively manufacture the alloy, and number 7A77.60L for the printed alloy.

Wargaming at the Next Level

HRL Laboratories, LLC, with The Boeing Company has been awarded a new project to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) decision-making engine for multi-agent military problems such as multi-domain wargaming and strategic battle management.

Pamela Fletcher Joins HRL Laboratories Board of Directors

HRL Laboratories, LLC, leadership and staff are excited to announce Pamela Fletcher, Vice President of Global Innovation and Research & Development Laboratories for General Motors, is joining HRL’s Board of Directors.
2018 (23)

Highest Speed GaN Electronics Racing to the Finish Line

HRL Laboratories has received a DARPA award to significantly advance the technology and manufacturing readiness levels of its leading-edge T3 GaN technology. Integrated circuits made by layering GaN onto silicon carbide substrate wafers offer the best combination of efficiency, output power, and survivability among radio frequency and millimeter-wave semiconductor technologies.

Hacking Back at the Hackers

A new program being developed by computer scientists at HRL Laboratories, LLC, is a cyber-defense system that will exploit a social engineering attacker’s methods by drawing them in with automated responses to their behavior.

Novel Memristor Neuron Circuits Offer Building Blocks for Mimicking the Brain

In an effort to electronically mimic neurons—the nerve cells of the brain—scientists from HRL Laboratories, LLC have successfully demonstrated novel electronic neuron circuits that exhibits as many as 23 known behaviors of biological neurons and the three classes of neuron activation (excitation) that code information between neurons about sensory events, cognitive processes, or motor actions.

New Radio Frequency Switch Enables Faster Video and Audio 5G Streaming

HRL Laboratories, LLC, researchers have achieved a major advancement in radio frequency switches over existing technology that will vastly accelerate data streaming in smartphones and other devices on 5G wireless networks with a more reliable signal and wider bandwidth for simultaneous data streams.

All-Memristor Architecture Could Enable Brain-Like Computers

HRL Laboratories, LLC, will leverage electronic brain-cell technology for a new computer architecture that promises more compact, energy-efficient, and capable systems. The program is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program Foundations Required for Novel Compute (FRANC).

STELLAR System Will Enable Autonomous Systems to Learn for Life

HRL Laboratories, LLC, joins DARPA’s Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) program to develop a breakthrough in machine-learning architectures for autonomous systems that will continually improve performance and update their knowledge based on experience, without human supervision.

HRL Employees’ Experience Touches Down on Mars

Before they were at HRL Laboratories, staff member Kayleigh Porter and intern Victor Ardulov worked on technologies for NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover that is currently exploring the surface of Mars. Porter 3D-printed ceramic parts for Curiosity’s SAM suite of tools and Ardulov was an undergrad intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on a virtual reality tool for mission planning.

Aligning Nanoparticles to Create Dense Materials

HRL Laboratories has successfully demonstrated a scalable, water-based nanoassembly manufacturing technique with many possible uses, including growing powerful rare-earth-free magnets and infrared optical materials. The new method is a bench-top task and is scalable to industrial manufacturing volumes.

A Step Toward Revolutionary Computing by Improving Topological Material

HRL Laboratories, LLC, hopes to advance the vast potential of two-dimensional topological materials for quantum computation. With an award from DARPA, this project—Suppressing Trivial Edge Conductance in 2D Topological Materials—will take a step closer to development of topological qubits that keep fragile quantum information safe from environmental effects.

The ExACT Tools for Safe Autonomy

HRL Laboratories, LLC, will join the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in its Autonomy Assurance (AA) program with the Expressive Assurance Case Toolkit (ExACT), a set of algorithmic tools that will mathematically verify that the autonomous driving system’s algorithms are correct and safe.

HRL Laboratories Named 2018 Edison Awards Finalist in 3D Printing Category

HRL Laboratories, LLC, has been named a finalist in the Applied Technology/3D Printing category of the 2018 Edison Awards for their work in microstructure control of materials. Gold, silver, and bronze award winners will be announced at the 31st Annual Edison Awards Gala held Wednesday April 11, 2018 in New York City.

Making DREaM Come True for DARPA

HRL Laboratories, LLC, has received an award from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to develop the next generation of gallium nitride (GaN) transistors with dramatically improved linearity and noise figure at reduced power consumption for use in electronic devices that manage the electromagnetic spectrum from radio communications to radar.

Leslie Momoda Wins UCLA Engineering Award

HRL Laboratories, LLC, Vice President Leslie Momoda has won the 2018 UCLA Henry Samueli Engineering Professional Achievement Award. This award honors the achievements of UCLA Engineering alumni in their chosen fields, including academia, industry, and entrepreneurship.

Computer Modeling Brain Phenomena to Solve Hard Problems

HRL Laboratories, LLC, computer scientists have found that computer models of a phenomenon in the brain called self-organized criticality (SOC) can be used to calculate optimal conditions within complex networks.

Detecting Danger At A Safe Distance

HRL Laboratories, LLC, has developed a miniaturized, low-power radar array that potentially can see weapons or explosives concealed on a person at tactically safe distances.
2017 (22)

HRL Laboratories Celebrates 20 Years

HRL Laboratories, LLC, is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a limited liability company. On December 20, 1997, HRL became an LLC owned today by Boeing and General Motors.

Podcast: Episode 002 – John Neer

John started his professional career at Hughes Aircraft Company in Los Angeles in 1966, where he participated in 5 years of lectures given by Nobel physics laureate Richard Feynman at the Hughes Research Labs (now HRL Laboratories) in Malibu, CA.

HRL Laboratories Wins R&D 100 Award

A team from HRL Laboratories, LLC, was among the winners of the 2017 R&D 100 Award, announced at the fourth annual R&D 100 Conference held November 16-17 in Orlando, FL.

HRL’s History of the Future Podcast Launches

HRL Laboratories, LLC, has announced the launch of its first podcast, HRL’s History of the Future, which will focus on the famed Hughes Research facility’s past and HRL’s present advancements in science and technology.

HRL Awarded DARPA Project AMEBA to Develop Man-Portable Low-Frequency Radio Antennas

HRL Laboratories, LLC, has received an award to participate in project AMEBA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) initiative to develop low-frequency radio transmission antennas that are vastly more compact and efficient than the massive existing arrays used to communicate in traditionally radio-denied conditions, such as with submerged submarines.

HRL Receives IARPA Award for Curved Infrared Image Sensors

HRL Laboratories, LLC, announced it has received an award from IARPA, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, to develop spherically curved short-wave (SWIR) and medium wave (MWIR) infrared image sensors.

HRL Laboratories Establishes Center for Additive Materials

Center will focus on breakthrough 3D printing technologies in ceramics and metallurgy. HRL Laboratories, LLC, has established a Center for Additive Materials to accelerate development of 3D printing of high-performance materials.

HRL Paper on Gallium Nitride Integrated Circuits Wins IEEE George E. Smith Award

The HRL team achieved the first gallium nitride (GaN) complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistor technology, establishing superior GaN transistor performance harnessed in an integrated circuit. GaN could become the technology of choice for power conversion circuits currently made in silicon.

HRL Awarded SLICK-AVA Project by NGA

HRL has received an award from the NGA through a competitive bid under their BIG program to research artificial intelligence capabilities, specifically the SLICK-AVA project.
2016 (14)

HRL Receives DARPA Award for Multichip Integration

HRL Laboratories, LLC has received an award from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) under its Diverse Accessible Heterogeneous Integration (DAHI) program to develop a novel multichip integration technology using HRL’s Metal Embedded Chip Assembly (MECA) process.

HRL Laboratories Achieves Guinness World Record for Lightest Metal

HRL researchers originally made headlines with a famous image of a metal microlattice structure resting atop an unaffected dandelion. Now the material has been vetted and confirmed by the Guinness book as having no peer among metals when it comes to weight.

HRL will research Wafer Scale Infrared Detectors for DARPA

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded HRL Laboratories, LLC, funding to research novel ways to synthesize semiconductors for sensing in the infrared spectrum, and methodologies to cost effectively integrate the infrared materials with silicon read-out integrated circuits (ROIC).

HRL Laboratories team publishes Quantum Computing Materials paper in MRS Bulletin

An HRL Laboratories, LLC, research team has published a paper in the March issue of MRS Bulletin, a journal of the Materials Research Society, that sits squarely at the intersection of materials science and quantum computing. The paper, "Metamorphic Materials for Quantum Computing," explores the demands that silicon-germanium (SiGe) quantum dot heterostructures impose on the underlying substrate, the ways in which the metamorphic substrate’s properties impact device performance, and how performance limitations may be overcome.

HRL receives DARPA Award to “STAMP” learning into the brain

The Biological Technologies Office (BTO) of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded HRL Laboratories, LLC, funding for a two-year project in the RAM Replay program to develop a man-portable system to boost learning during waking and memory consolidation during sleep, thereby increasing a person’s ability to quickly integrate and accurately recall information.

HRL Laboratories’ breakthrough may pave the way for Gallium Nitride to supplant Silicon in Integrated Circuits

Researchers at HRL Laboratories, LLC, have achieved the first demonstration of gallium nitride (GaN) complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) field-effect-transistor (FET) technology, and in doing so have established that the semiconductor’s superior transistor performance can be harnessed in an integrated circuit. This breakthrough paves the way for GaN to become the technology of choice for power conversion circuits that are made in silicon today.

Breakthrough achieved in Ceramics 3D Printing Technology

Researchers at HRL Laboratories, LLC, have achieved a new milestone in 3D printing technology by demonstrating an approach to additively manufacture ceramics that overcomes the limits of traditional ceramic processing and enables high temperature, high strength ceramic components.
2015 (23)

HRL Passes Milestone with 1,001 Patents

Many New Year’s resolutions are abandoned come mid-January, but HRL Laboratories, LLC, succeeded in its quest to acquire more than 100 patents in 2015. As a result, the research and development company recently celebrated the acquisition of its 1001st patent.

HRL Laboratories Developing Nanoscale Fabrication Technology for Large-Scale Performance

Funded under the Atoms to Product (A2P) program through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), HRL’s Billion particle per second Nanoparticle Assembly project will develop processes to assemble nanoscale materials into forms that are compatible with existing manufacturing technologies.

Lightest. Metal. Ever.

Boeing features HRL Laboratories in this video about the Microlattice, the lightest metallic structure ever made. At 99.99% air, it's light enough to balance on top of a dandelion, while its structure makes it strong. Strength and record breaking lightness make it a potential metal for future planes and vehicles.

HRL to Receive $2.2 Million Homeland Security Award for Mobile Authentication Research

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has awarded HRL Laboratories, LLC, $2.2 million to develop technology that is capable of continuously confirming that the person operating a mobile device is the device’s authorized user. HRL’s Information and Systems Sciences Laboratory, in conjunction with its Microelectronics Laboratory, will create this new mobile device authentication technology.

Dr. Logan Sorenson Recognized as a “DARPA Riser”

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected HRL Laboratories’ Dr. Logan Sorenson as a "DARPA Riser," one of approximately 50 early-career researchers who demonstrate the potential to be future technology leaders. During "DARPA Rising," an event held on September 9, 2015, in St. Louis, Mo., Sorenson will have the opportunity to deliver a poster presentation to the DARPA director and technical team.

Lightweight Sandwich Structures Lay the Groundwork for Micro-Drones

According to Dr. Christopher Roper, HRL senior research staff engineer and co-author of "Enabling Ultra-Lightweight Structures: Microsandwich Structures with Microlattice Cores," published in APL Materials, "Sandwich structures improve the performance of weight-sensitive vehicles like airplanes and helicopters because they’re lighter than solid materials."

HRL Laboratories Applauds Staff Members Honored by National Academy of Engineering

HRL Laboratories, LLC is pleased to announce that staff members Dr. Andrea Corrion and Dr. Kevin Geary have been invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) highly selective symposium, U.S. Frontiers of Engineering. According to the NAE, Corrion and Geary are among the nation’s brightest young engineers, 89 of whom will attend the symposium to discuss advances in four fields: optical and mechanical materials, natural disaster forecasting, cybersecurity, and the hunt for earth-like exoplanets.

HRL Laboratories Explains Groundbreaking Thermal Battery Technology

HRL Laboratories, LLC, has released a video demonstrating the principle behind its groundbreaking work on thermal battery technology for electric cars. The video, "Thermal Battery Laboratory-Scale Demonstration," reveals that hydrogen can be stored in metal alloys that react with the gas to form compounds called metal hydrides.

DARPA Awards HRL Contract for Advanced Scanning Technology for Imaging Radars (ASTIR)

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) announced an award to HRL Laboratories, LLC for the ASTIR program. The goal of ASTIR is to demonstrate a fundamentally new imaging radar architecture through basic research on "…innovative imaging radar architectures that can provide high frame-rate, three dimensional imaging of objects through adverse obscurants (fog, smoke, heavy rain, etc.) without requiring target or platform motion."

HRL is Developing a New Material for Hypersonic Vehicles

HRL Laboratories, LLC announced today that it will be developing new materials for hypersonic vehicles under the Materials Development for Platforms (MDP) program through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). These new materials aim to reduce the weight and cost of vehicle aeroshells while withstanding the extreme environment encountered during hypersonic flight.

Precision Strike Association (PSA) Announces HRL’s Chairman of the Board Dr. Paul Kaminski to Receive William J. Perry Award

The award honors the immediate and long term impact that Dr. Kaminski has had on the United States precision strike combat advantage. His visionary recommendations focusing on a dramatically changing security landscape in the 1970s, 80s and 90s provided us with the force multiplying technologies that have set us apart over the last two decades; networked precision strike, stealth attack and persistent surveillance capabilities for maneuver forces.

Dedication of the Colburn Laboratory

On February 6th, 2015, HRL Laboratories dedicated one of their laboratory spaces to the memory of Dr. Joseph Colburn. His family was invited to receive this honor in his name and they were able to visit the new space, which will now influence and hopefully inspire new generations of scientists.

900 Patents and Growing

HRL Laboratories LLC, announced today that it has obtained its 900th patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The landmark patent was issued for the invention titled "Dynamic Damping in a Quartz Oscillator" (8,933,759).
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2011 (2)

HRL Researchers Develop World’s Lightest Material

Researchers at HRL Laboratories, LLC, announced today they have developed the world’s lightest material with a density of 0.9 mg/cc, approximately one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam™.
2007 (1)

HRL Announces Extraordinary New Lightweight Materials

Amazing new materials that could spawn an entire generation of lightweight technologies have been generated by HRL Laboratories, LLC in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s Composites Center.