Since 1986, Martin Lo has been a research scientist in the Navigation and Mission Design Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
California. 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
In 1995 Martin became the Research and Development Software lead for LTool, a high-level interactive, integrated object-orientated mission design programming environment. His work in the area reduced the time for a single Genesis trajectory generation from eight weeks to a few hours.
His most recent research interests include the discovery of the Interplanetary SuperHighway (IPS), a network of ultra-low-energy trajectory conduits generated by Lagrange Points throughout the Solar system. IPS plays a key role in the development of life within the Solar system and provides low energy orbits for many interplanetary missions.
From 1996 to 1999, Martin designed the Genesis Discovery Mission. The Genesis solar panel wind sample return trajectory is one of the most unique and difficult to be flown by JPL in recent years and due to the fact that IPS trajectory requires no deterministic maneuvering after launch, it was the first mission designed with dynamical systems methods. Genesis was launched on August 8th, 2001.