Originally posted by namehere
reply to post by lonewolf19792000
What is so funny about ion drives? they already exist and have been used in one space probe and are being further developed by NASA as we speak.
Ion Drives are too slow and take too long for doing anything meaningful in space.
The only way that a 'spaceship' should even be considered would be if Fusion or better was available as a means of propulsion. Fusion still
wouldn't be good enough for anything other than exploring the solar system but it's the absolute minimum engine spec that should be considered if
you wanted to construct a spaceship.
If I was in charge of a space agency, I would scrap every single project. Forget the waste of sending probes, manned missions to Mars, Moon, Asteroids
etc. Everything would be put into next generation propulsion systems. Even if it took decades, that is where all my focus would be placed.