Lifting Where We Stand

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Scientific Paper
Title Lifting Where We Stand
Author(s) Leslee A Kulba
Keywords astronautical engineering, Hall thrusters, propulsion
Published 2008
Journal Electric Spacecraft Journal
Number 44
Pages 16-17


"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.