and Yes it would be a Red herring..
I am not sure such as you mention could be used.. refurbishing in orbit would be a task too far..
The inflatable might be a component..
~ What I ask for is information; The proposed manned missions to Mars will require a habitat for the duration.. Some 26 months..
That many tonnes ( tons ) of equipment would be required and the fuel to return to Earth.. Ascent and descent vehicles.
We would need to take everything we need.. How much can we lift per launch ? How many and at what cost, and for why..
What is it we hope to gain.. A rethink is required. Build machines to do it all. Billions of Dollars to be spent is un necessary.
What can we lift per launch ? The problems for a manned mission are almost too lofty to do.