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Nova Model B
Nova Model B - Nova General Dynamics Model B

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Family: Nova. Country: USA. Status: Study General Dynamics 1963.

Nova design using existing engines. Recoverable engine package; separation at 3,398 m/s at 76,200 m altitude; splashdown using retrorockets under 7 30 m diameter parachutes 1300 km downrange. Massed estimated based on tank volumes, total thrust, and first stage burnout conditions.


LEO Payload: 338,000 kg. to: 185 km Orbit. at: 0.0 degrees. Liftoff Thrust: 12,698,540 kgf. Total Mass: 10,473,600 kg. Core Diameter: 20.6 m. Total Length: 87.0 m.


Nova B and ENova B and E - Cutaway view of General Dynamics Nova B and E concepts.

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Nova Model B CutawayNova Model B Cutaway - Nova General Dynamics Model B Cutaway

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Nova GD AdvancedNova GD Advanced - General Dynamics advanced Nova designs

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Nova  - GDNova - GD - Nova Concepts - General Dynamics

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