Artist's impression of Venus Express orbit insertion

Propulsion and Aerothermodynamics

This sphere of activity is what puts the flight into spaceflight, encapsulating launcher and spacecraft propulsion technologies as well as atmospheric ascent and re-entry.

What is the Propulsion and Aerothermodynamics domain?

Propulsion covers all methods of propelling launchers and space vehicles, including chemical, electric and advanced systems. Aerothermodynamics is the study of how high-velocity gases behave, employed as a tool for optimising engine design and also to model the process of atmospheric ascent and re-entry.

Last update: 22 April 2010

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