Vector and ANSYS
Vector, a business startup, is addressing the small spacecraft market for launch vehicles. Because everything must shrink down when you are creating a nanosatellite launcher, engineers were challenged to scale everything while optimizing for a smaller class of payload. They leveraged ANSYS for all of the various fluid flows of the rocket engine including analysis of hot combustion gases in the engine as well as the various cold cryogenic liquids flowing into the engine to understand how they interact with the materials around them. ANSYS offered the best range of simulation tools through their Startup Program for this new company. It allowed them to have all of their tools in one spot and quickly run through analyses and use the results to make an immediate impact. For more information read "Aiming High".