Need For Speed Pushes Rotating Detonation Development

RDE aerospike nozzle concept

Academic facilities like Purdue University’s Zucrow Labs are helping pioneer pressure-gain developments like this RDE aerospike nozzle concept.

Credit: Purdue University
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