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#REDIRECT [[Aerospike Rocket Engine]]
An [[Aerospike Engine]] is a [[Rocket Engine]] that ...
* <B>See:</B> [[Space Shuttle Main Engine]], [[Plug Nozzle#In Rockets]], [[Rocket Engine]], [[Aerodynamic]], [[Altitude]], [[Altitude Compensating Nozzle]], [[Thrust]], [[Single-Stage-to-Orbit]].
== References ==
=== 2020 ===
* (Wikipedia, 2020) ⇒ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerospike_engine Retrieved:2020-5-20.
** The '''aerospike engine''' is a type of [[rocket engine]] that maintains its [[aerodynamic]] efficiency across a wide range of [[altitude]]s.  It belongs to the class of [[altitude compensating nozzle]] engines. A vehicle with an aerospike engine uses 25–30% less fuel at low altitudes,  where most missions have the greatest need for [[thrust]]. Aerospike engines have been studied for a number of years and are the baseline engines for many [[single-stage-to-orbit]] (SSTO) designs and were also a strong contender for the [[Space Shuttle main engine]]. However, no such engine is in commercial production, although some large-scale aerospikes are in testing phases. <ref> [http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/x-33/aerospik.htm Aerospike Engine Homepage ] </ref> <P> The terminology in the literature surrounding this subject is somewhat confused—the term ''aerospike'' was originally used for a truncated [[plug nozzle#In rockets|plug nozzle]] with a very rough conical taper and some gas injection, forming an "air spike" to help make up for the absence of the plug tail. However, frequently, a full-length plug nozzle is now called an aerospike.

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