Can't Handle 10,000 Gs? What a Wimp.

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We have always known that astronauts have to train for years to acquire superhuman strength and condition their bodies to withstand stresses that would kill mere mortals.

Even so, you won't find one that can survive the Space Slingshot:

From Popular Science Magazine: Forget rockets. All you need to launch a satellite is a sled and a giant magnetic slingshot. Astronauts are trained to withstand as much as nine times the force of gravity. (Three Gs, by comparison, could make the average guy pass out.) But even the toughest among them fall out of the running when it comes to a launch concept from a company in Goleta, California. To survive the ride on Launchpoint Technologies’s invention, the payload has to be able to survive a brain-splattering 10,000 Gs.
That pretty much rules out “flinging” as a way to get humans – or even monkeys – into space. This is just one of the numerous articles you can find right now on Popular Science's wonderful website. Here is a taste:

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