The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.

About Draper


Draper laboratory

Who We Are Draper is a not-for-profit research and development laboratory focused on the design, development, and deployment of advanced technological solutions for our nation’s most challenging and important problems in security, space exploration, healthcare, and energy.

Our expertise includes the areas of guidance, navigation, and control systems; fault-tolerant computing; advanced algorithms and software solutions; modeling and simulation; and MEMS and multichip module technology.

What We Do With a strong commitment to delivering working solutions to our sponsors, we apply our expertise to a variety of domains, including autonomous air, land, sea, and space systems; information integration; distributed sensors and networks; precision-guided munitions; and biomedical engineering; chemical/biological defense; and energy system  modeling and management. When appropriate for the needs of our sponsors, we will work with commercial partners to transition our technology to commercial production.

How We're Organized


Draper at A Glance


Staff: 1500 (nearly 70% are technical)


Total Revenue: $522 million in Fiscal Year 2014


Founded: 1933 as MIT Instrumentation Laboratory 1973 as independent non-profit laboratory.




Business: Primary funding sources include: U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, other national security sponsors, NASA, and select non DoD sponsors.