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Collaboration between JPL and the University of Colorado, Boulder

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Collaboration between JPL and the University of Colorado, Boulder used dynamical systems techniques to rapidly design low-thrust trajectories suitable for SmallSats launched as secondary payloads, and enable them to visit Sun-Earth L5 Lagrange point. From this vantage point, SmallSats may be able to perform opportunistic, targeted heliophysics science observations well beyond low Earth orbit at a much lower cost than has been possible in the past.