Is it possible to create Orbital construction yards for Spaceships?

In summary, the conversation discusses the possibility for mankind to launch multiple sections of an orbital space-dock into orbit and use them as a platform for building large ships to transport people to other solar systems. While one person is unsure about the feasibility of traveling to other solar systems, another person argues that it is possible given enough time. However, there may not be a practical reason to do so. The conversation also touches on the topic of humanity's survival when the sun eventually dies, but it is not a pressing concern at this time. The individuals involved may have differing opinions on the matter.
  • #1
Aftermarth
74
0
can mankind do like the ISS and launch many sections of a orbital space-dock into the orbit and use these as a platform to build large ships required to transport people to other solar systems?
 
Astronomy news on Phys.org
  • #2
Yes, it certainly is... though I don't know about the traveling to other solar systems thing.
 
  • #3
why could we not travel to another solar system? my physics teacher last year seemed to say something about if you gave something a force in space (for example a blast from an engine for a few hours) it would retain most of its velocity for a long time, and as we could build larger and larger ships what would stop us?
 
  • #4
We can send ships anywhere we want to, given enough time. But if it takes a thousand years to get there, there isn't all that much reason to go.
 
  • #5
so how does humanity avoid annihilation when the sun dies if there is no point going anywhere. or is that just ur personal view?
 
  • #6
Since humanity has only been around for about 40,000 years and the sun has another 4,000,000,000 to go before burning out, it isn't a scenario to be seriously considering at this point.
 
  • #7
can we agree to disagree on this one?
 

Related to Is it possible to create Orbital construction yards for Spaceships?

1. Can we currently create orbital construction yards for spaceships?

No, we do not have the technology or resources to create orbital construction yards for spaceships at this time. However, there are ongoing research and development efforts to make this a possibility in the future.

2. What are the benefits of having orbital construction yards for spaceships?

Having orbital construction yards for spaceships would greatly reduce the cost and time required to build and launch spacecraft. It would also allow for larger and more complex spacecraft to be constructed in space, which could open up new possibilities for space exploration and colonization.

3. How would the construction process work for orbital construction yards?

The construction process would involve launching various building materials and components into space, which would then be assembled by robots or astronauts in orbit. This could potentially be done using 3D printing technology or traditional construction methods.

4. What challenges would need to be overcome in order to create orbital construction yards for spaceships?

One of the main challenges would be designing and building structures that can withstand the harsh conditions of space, such as extreme temperatures and radiation. Another challenge would be developing efficient and cost-effective methods for transporting materials and equipment to and from the construction yard.

5. What types of spaceships could be built in an orbital construction yard?

An orbital construction yard could potentially be used to build a wide range of spacecraft, from small satellites and rovers to large interplanetary spacecraft and even space stations. It could also be used to repair and upgrade existing spacecraft, extending their lifespan and capabilities.

Similar threads

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
Replies
4
Views
2K
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
Replies
8
Views
1K
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
Replies
28
Views
5K
Replies
1
Views
882
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
Replies
4
Views
2K
  • Other Physics Topics
Replies
6
Views
448
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
Replies
25
Views
5K
  • Sci-Fi Writing and World Building
Replies
18
Views
2K
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
Replies
12
Views
3K
  • Aerospace Engineering
Replies
12
Views
2K
Back
Top