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Nova Model E
Nova Model E - Nova General Dynamics Model E

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

Nova design using 325 inch solid motors as first stage, M-1 engines in second stage. Recoverable solid motors, separation at 1,972 m/s at 53,000 m altitude; splashdown using retrorockets under 3 61 m diameter parachutes 610 km downrange. Recovery of solid motors forshadowed same approach on shuttle 15 years later. Masses estimated based on tank volumes, total thrust, and first stage burnout conditions.


LEO Payload: 458,000 kg. to: 185 km Orbit. at: 0.0 degrees. Liftoff Thrust: 25,486,810 kgf. Total Mass: 19,596,600 kg. Core Diameter: 8.3 m. Total Length: 72.0 m.


Nova  - GDNova - GD - Nova Concepts - General Dynamics

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Nova Model E CutawayNova Model E Cutaway - Nova General Dynamics Model E Cutaway

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

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Nova GD AdvancedNova GD Advanced - General Dynamics advanced Nova designs

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