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Martin Lo is a spacecraft trajectory expert currently working for JPL.
Martin has been a research scientist in the Navigation and Mission Design Section at the JPL since 1986. He received his Bachelor of Science in 1975 from the California Institute of Technology in mathematics and his PhD, also in mathematics, in 1981 from Cornell University.
His main area of research is the Interplanetary Transport Network.
In 2000, Martin, Kathleen Howell, and other scientists from the JPL developed the LTool program to calculate paths near Lagrange points (ITN paths). Compared with previous methods, LTool is capable of predicting orbits up to 50 times faster. For example, the Genesis mission (2001, NASA) trajectory was calculated in days instead of 8 weeks. LTool was nominated for the Discover Innovation Award.
- Martin W. Lo and Roby S. Wilson The LTool Package
- Martin Lo, LTool Version 1.0G delivery memorandum // JPL TRS 1992+, 29-Sep-2000
- INTERPLANETARY SUPERHIGHWAY MAKES SPACE TRAVEL SIMPLER, NASA July 17, 2002
- Official website
- Behne, Jacinta (June 2, 2002). "Genesis: Interview with Martin Lo, Former Mission Design and Navigation Manager". JPL.
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