Standing ready to help usher in a new age of manned spaceflight
When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched towards the moon on July 16, 1969, they were strapped to the most powerful vehicle that man had ever created. An army of scientists and engineers spent tens of thousands of hours calculating and recalculating every detail of the spacecraft and its trip to ensure success.
  • The Advancing Layer Mesher uses a pseudo-structured mesh approach to generate layered, primarily structured grids from wall boundaries beyond the boundary layer. This meshing approach is suitable for computations involving bow shocks as depicted in this simulation of the re-entry of the Crew Exploration Vehicle.
  • Surface pressures and visualization of strong bow shock around the NASA X34 traveling at hypersonic speed during re-entry at the end of the mission. Image courtesy of TLG Aerospace.
  • Supersonic flow around the SpaceX Falcon Launch Vehicle with plumes and pressure on the surface

STAR-CCM+ is able to perform all those calculations done by hundreds of people in a fraction of the time, more accurately to boot, saving companies designing spacecraft precious man power, time and resources. Air friction, engine thrust and hypersonic airflow are just a small fraction of the analyses integrated into CD-adapco’s software.

STAR-CCM+ stands ready to help usher in a new age of manned spaceflight. CD-adapco offers solutions for the spaceflight industry in areas including, but not limited to:

External aerodynamics

STAR-CCM+ is the industry leader in CFD analysis, capable of handling all your needs for space launch external aerodynamics. It is fully capable of launch and reentry analysis, hypersonic analysis, aeroacoustics and airflow analysis, among many other potential problem applications.


Rocket propulsion is one of the most difficult and challenging areas of space travel currently. A mistake will cause a spectacularly expensive, embarrassing and potentially fatal public mishap that can be seen round the world. Don’t let this happen to you! With STAR-CCM+ you will be in the hands of the leading enterprise software for liquid and rocket propulsion, covering all aspects, including but not limited to combustion, plume interactions, chemical interactions, transient effects and fuel consumption progression. In addition, STAR-CCM+ is fully capable of handling all your turbomachinery and pump design needs.

Environmental control

For manned spaceflight, environmental control is a critical area that requires precision and has little room for error. STAR-CCM+ is fully equipped for all your environmental control needs, including cockpit ventilation, complex flow geometries, thermal comfort models and leak detection. In addition, STAR-CCM+ has special components specifically for the simulation of humans in an environment.


Satellites, when compared to other aspects of the Space Sub-Industry, appear to be relatively simple. This belies the exact science required to ensure their functionality. Every satellite has onboard propulsive systems to balance and stabilize them, and require very particular thermal management, to ensure its components stay at the proper temperature to operate. In a reverse from most applications of cooling and conjugate heat transfer, often components of satellites must be warmed to keep their temperature from falling too far. The satellites must also be shielded from electromagnetic radiation, and most come equipped with solar panels that must provide energy for their components. STAR-CCM+ comes equipped to handle all these needs through its various tools, including CHT modeling, solar cell modeling, and propulsion unit simulation.

Battery systems

While not as high profile of an area of spacecraft design as other areas, battery systems are still integral to a functional spacecraft. It does no good to get something into space if it has no power. STAR-CCM+ has recently expanded its range of products to include its Battery Simulation Module. It is fully capable of analyzing any type of battery and accurately determining its voltage and power storage capacity. Please see our Batteries Page for more information.

Subscribe to RSS - Space