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Use a VERY large solar, wind (or Nuclear, ergh) farm to charge for each launch.
Launch lots of boosters into High Earth Orbit.
Modular construction of space craft, all pre-fab, all easily assembled (minimal in space repairs, just replace module),
expand ISS with a small assembly platform, assembly minimised by connecting modules like massive pieces of lego, comparmentalised airlock like a sub.
Look at those massive rockets the shuttle is strapped on to. In space there ain't a whole lot of friction. This means acelleration while the boosters are on you would constantly accelerate until you reach the speed the exhaust gas comes out the back end. Is this correct or am i just peeing into the wind?
Feel free to burn me at any stage. I can handle criticism. So, what if u had the same size booster as you need to leave earth orbit and cranked her up just outside of earth orbit, when the jucie flags, your ion drive could be building up. Would this reduce mars - earth times