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According to Benson the critics to his theory would continue their attack, and say that the ISS still needs a propulsion drive to get it places. Benson agrees, and points to work done by the US and Japanese space programs on ion-drive systems. According to Benson, both countries have conducted successful tests on such a system, and considering that the ISS is already in space, the more methodical and long burning acceleration (and subsequent deceleration) would be perfect for the ISS.
Originally posted by an0maly33
technically, speed isn't the issue. it's all about acceleration. the whole thing would need to accelerate uniformly to have a chance of not breaking up. strapping a booster to the back of it won't go over so well. you could reinforce it, but by the time you retrofit it, you might as well just build a new craft specifically designed for the task. the ISS is old and busted anyway.
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
The only thing limiting the space station's functionality as an interplanetary vessel is electric power supply, which, at distances further from the sun such as Jupiter, etc., is low compared to Earth orbit by using solar power. Thermonuclear power or some sort of reactor would be needed for proposal to become a reality.
Acceleration forces wouldn't be an issue because all you need to do is accelerate slowly, but constantly, to gain the speeds necessary to break Earth's gravity well and reach your destination. It would take time, but what does one expect?! At least you'd have the comfort of a nice big ship.