The laboratory was founded in 1932 by Charles Stark Draper at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop aeronautical instrumentation, and came to be called the 'MIT Instrumentation Laboratory'. It was renamed for its founder in 1970 and separated from MIT in 1973 to become an independent, non-profit organization. The expertise of the laboratory staff includes the areas of guidance, navigation, and control technologies and systems; fault-tolerant computing; advanced algorithms and software solutions; modeling and simulation; and microelectromechanical systems and multichip module technology.
"Software during the early days was treated like a step child and not taken as seriously... and it was regarded as an art and as magic, not a science. I had always believed that both art and science were involved in its creation, but most thought otherwise"
"The thing is, the Astronauts were supremely trained, they were smart, they were talented, but you can’t account for spending days in space, with little sleep, stress… that’s when accidents happen. Sleep deprivation is a real problem”