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Aerospike engine

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The aerospike engine is a type of rocket engine that maintains its aerodynamic efficiency across a wide range of altitudes. [1]

33 relations: Aerodynamics, Altitude, Altitude compensating nozzle, ARCA Space Corporation, Bar (unit), Base bleed, California State University, Long Beach, Carlsbad, California, Expanding nozzle, Firefly Aerospace, Firefly Alpha, Hybrid-propellant rocket, John C. Stennis Space Center, Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment, Lockheed Martin, Lockheed Martin X-33, Mach number, Mojave Desert, NASA, Newton (unit), Pound (force), Reaction Research Society, Rocket engine, Rocketdyne, Rocketdyne J-2, Rotary Rocket, SABRE (rocket engine), Single-stage-to-orbit, Space Launch Initiative, Space Shuttle main engine, Specific impulse, Thrust, VentureStar.


Aerodynamics, from Greek ἀήρ aer (air) + δυναμική (dynamics), is the study of the motion of air, particularly its interaction with a solid object, such as an airplane wing.

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Altitude or height (sometimes known as depth) is defined based on the context in which it is used (aviation, geometry, geographical survey, sport, atmospheric pressure, and many more).

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Altitude compensating nozzle

An altitude compensating nozzle is a class of rocket engine nozzles that are designed to operate efficiently across a wide range of altitudes.

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ARCA Space Corporation

ARCA Space Corporation is an aerospace company based in Las Cruces, New Mexico United States, that builds space rockets and other manned and unmanned aircraft intended for space exploration.

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Bar (unit)

The bar is a metric unit of pressure, but is not approved as part of the International System of Units (SI).

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Base bleed

Base bleed is a system used on some artillery shells to increase their range, typically by about 30%.

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California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB; also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, LBSU, or The Beach) is the third largest campus of the 23-school California State University system (CSU) and one of the largest universities in the state of California by enrollment, its student body numbering 37,776 for the Fall 2016 semester.

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Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad is an affluent seaside resort city occupying a stretch of Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, California.

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Expanding nozzle

The expanding nozzle is a type of rocket nozzle that, unlike traditional designs, maintains its efficiency at a wide range of altitudes.

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Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace is a private aerospace firm based in Austin, Texas, that is developing small and medium-sized launch vehicles for commercial launches to orbit.

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Firefly Alpha

Firefly Alpha (Firefly α) is two-stage orbital expendable launch vehicle developed by the American aerospace company Firefly Aerospace to cover the commercial small satellite launch market.

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Hybrid-propellant rocket

A hybrid-propellant rocket is a rocket with a rocket motor which uses rocket propellants in two different phases.

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John C. Stennis Space Center

The John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) is a NASA rocket testing facility.

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Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment

LASRE was NASA's Linear Aerospike SR-71 Experiment which took place at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, California, until November 1998.

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Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company with worldwide interests.

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Lockheed Martin X-33

The Lockheed Martin X-33 was an unmanned, sub-scale technology demonstrator suborbital spaceplane developed in the 1990s under the U.S. government-funded Space Launch Initiative program.

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Mach number

In fluid dynamics, the Mach number (M or Ma) is a dimensionless quantity representing the ratio of flow velocity past a boundary to the local speed of sound.

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Mojave Desert

The Mojave Desert is an arid rain-shadow desert and the driest desert in North America.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

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Newton (unit)

The newton (symbol: N) is the International System of Units (SI) derived unit of force.

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Pound (force)

The pound-force (symbol: lbf, sometimes lbf) is a unit of force used in some systems of measurement including English Engineering units and the British Gravitational System.

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Reaction Research Society

The Reaction Research Society (not to be confused with UK-based Reaction Engines) is the oldest continuously operating amateur experimental rocket group in the United States.

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Rocket engine

A rocket engine uses stored rocket propellant mass for forming its high-speed propulsive jet.

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Rocketdyne was an American rocket engine design and production company headquartered in Canoga Park, in the western San Fernando Valley of suburban Los Angeles, in southern California.

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Rocketdyne J-2

The J-2 was a liquid-fuel cryogenic rocket engine used on NASA's Saturn IB and Saturn V launch vehicles.

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Rotary Rocket

Rotary Rocket Company was a rocketry company that developed the Roton concept in the late 1990s as a fully reusable single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) manned spacecraft.

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SABRE (rocket engine)

SABRE (Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine) is a concept under development by Reaction Engines Limited for a hypersonic precooled hybrid air-breathing rocket engine.

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A single-stage-to-orbit (or SSTO) vehicle reaches orbit from the surface of a body without jettisoning hardware, expending only propellants and fluids.

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Space Launch Initiative

The Space Launch Initiative (SLI) was a NASA and U.S. Department of Defense joint research and technology project to determine the requirements to meet all the nation’s hypersonics, space launch and space technology needs.

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Space Shuttle main engine

The Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25, otherwise known as the Space Shuttle main engine (SSME), is a liquid-fuel cryogenic rocket engine that was used on NASA's Space Shuttle and is planned to be used on its successor, the Space Launch System.

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Specific impulse

Specific impulse (usually abbreviated Isp) is a measure of how effectively a rocket uses propellant or jet engine uses fuel.

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Thrust is a reaction force described quantitatively by Newton's third law.

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VentureStar was a single-stage-to-orbit reusable launch system proposed by Lockheed Martin and funded by the U.S. government.

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerospike_engine

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