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Aerospike Engines – Why Aren’t We Using them Now?

Over 50 years ago an engine was designed that overcame the inherent design inefficiencies of bell-shaped rocket nozzles, but despite much research in the 60’s, 70’s and 90’s and was to power the replacement for the Space Shuttle. But 50 years on and it still yet to be flight tested. So why aren’t we using Aerospike rocket engines?

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About Duncan Idaho

Duncan is a science and technology reporter for CDN and serves as the lead geek correspondent. Follow him if you like rockets, mobile tech, video games or ... just about anything nerdy.
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