At Draper, they believe exciting things happen when new capabilities are imagined and created.
Whether formulating a concept and developing each component to achieve a field-ready prototype or combining existing technologies in new ways, Draper engineers apply multidisciplinary approaches that deliver new capabilities to customers.
As a not-for-profit research and development company, Draper focuses on the design, development and deployment of advanced technological solutions for the world’s most challenging and important problems.
The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., is named after its founder, Dr. Charles Stark Draper, the “father of inertial navigation.”
A professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Doc Draper founded a teaching laboratory in the 1930s that by the 1950s grew into the sophisticated engineering organization that designed and developed the world’s most accurate and reliable guidance systems and instruments for intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as the highly precise, ultra-reliable guidance and control systems needed to guide the first astronauts to the moon and back safely to Earth in 1969. That laboratory became an independent not-for-profit in 1973.
Since becoming independent, Draper has sustained its preeminence in guidance, navigation and control technology and has expanded its expertise in other areas, including microelectromechanical systems and electronics packaging. It continues its long service to the U.S. Navy and NASA while providing solutions to problems of national importance for and with many other organizations in government, industry and academia.