Enabling Single Stage to Orbit: The Aerospike Revolution
Ansys, CEA, and Velo3D engineers examine the design, simulation, and manufacturing challenges of aerospike engine designs.
For access to space to become more available, we need to lower the cost of space flight. A big step in this direction is the shift to reusable systems. But even the most advanced rocket engines today still feature multiple stages.
What if we could use a single-stage system for the entire voyage? This is the promise of aerospike engines. Aerospikes are engineered to be as efficient at low altitude as they are at high altitude enabling a true single-stage rocket voyage. However, they are complex to design and even more complex to manufacture.