Lifting Where We Stand
|Title||Lifting Where We Stand|
|Author(s)||Leslee A Kulba|
|Keywords||astronautical engineering, Hall thrusters, propulsion|
|Journal||Electric Spacecraft Journal|
"Lift where you stand" is a popular American idiom that means, in essence, that one does not have to travel to exotic parts of the world to do good. Applied to space travel for its convenient pun, it could mean any number of things. First and foremost is the assertion that breakthroughs in astronautical engineering are most likely to occur by building on existing technology, one step at a time. It could also mean that discoveries leading to important next steps could be as far away as our own garages.