The inclusion of an ion propulsion system in a long-running, Earth-orbiting space station will give researchers a chance to test out the tech while astronauts are still close to home — and if it works as hoped, it could one day ferry explorers to Mars and even more distant destinations.https://www.freethink.com/articles/ion-propulsion
That’s a big “if.”
Another is what the price will be, since no doubt this neat new tech won’t easily be shared among nation-states.
Just yesterday Chinese astronauts entered their new space station for the first time. They weren’t allowed into the ISS. Now they don’t need the ISS.
The old rivalries will follow humanity into space…but for how long will the rivalries remain…