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So I've seen the railgun before, and it suddenly come up in my mind: can we accelerate a space shuttle/rocket to a high speed,before turning on the engines?Will it save fuel of destroy electronics?


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  • $\begingroup$ Also: 1, 2, 3 $\endgroup$ – DarkDust Apr 24 '18 at 12:13
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    $\begingroup$ Yup - long story short, nothing more fragile than a solid slug of tungsten can survive this kind of acceleration. $\endgroup$ – SF. Apr 24 '18 at 12:21