|Posted: 2011-May-02 at 12:32am | IP Logged
The problem with the way station idea is that it, Earth, and Mars would all be in different orbits with different periods. It would be very unlikely that all three would be positioned so that it would be shorter, or quicker, to stop.
Also, that would require two each boost and decelerate burns for a one way trip. It would be faster to make just two burns as we do now.
Now, if the station was self sufficient, and the crews could live there for months or years, with other people and things to do, that could be another matter. The crews would only have to make one leg of the journey, and the passengers would wait until the other planet was in range. But that would require a full habitat station, and there really isn't any economic justification for it. If there was something to be mined there it would be a great idea.