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A giant gun for shooting things into space. Nuff said.
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Once I looked into this, it turned out more needed to be said. The guy who came up with all this ended up selling artillery to South Africa, serving a jail term in the US, improving SCUD missiles for Saddam Hussein, and being assassinated by parties unknown. You can't make this stuff up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Bull
The real trick is making something go fast enough to make it into orbit without having it burn up due to atmospheric friction. Atmosphere is a real drag.
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