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Is it possible to create Orbital construction yards for Spaceships?

  1. Feb 5, 2008 #1
    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?
     
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  3. Feb 5, 2008 #2

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    Yes, it certainly is.... though I don't know about the traveling to other solar systems thing.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2008 #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?
     
  5. Feb 5, 2008 #4

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    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.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2008 #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?
     
  7. Feb 6, 2008 #6

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    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.
     
  8. Feb 7, 2008 #7
    can we agree to disagree on this one?
     
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