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Originally posted by john-Q
I glanced at the series a week or so ago when it aired. However, I'm not interested in something that happen so long ago. I'm all about new technology.
They could go to their local Home Depot and pick up a air compressor, strap that baby to the hood and use compressed air for that matter. and this is coming from a guy that knows very little about the subject. Surely the not so bright (IMO) guys at NASA could come up with something better.
I don't mean to offend, but how can you suggest using an air compressor from home depot and then call the guys at NASA not so bright? The engineers at Lockheed are building the new Orion spacecraft, the same company that made the F-35, F-22, F-117 etc. I kinda think they know what they're doing.
The ISS, you see, is already an interplanetary spacecraft -- at least potentially. It's missing a drive system and a steerage module, but those are technicalities. Although it's ungainly in appearance, it's designed to be boosted periodically to a higher altitude by a shuttle, a Russian Soyuz or one of the upcoming new Constellation program Orion spacecraft. It could fairly easily be retrofitted for operations beyond low-Earth orbit. In principle, we could fly it almost anywhere within the inner solar system -- to any place where it could still receive enough solar power to keep all its systems running.