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Nova Model F
Nova Model F - Nova General Dynamics Model F

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

Nova design using new 3.5 million kgf Lox/Kerosene engines in first stage. Recoverable stage; separation at 3,365 m/s at 89,300 m altitude; splashdown using retrorockets under 8 46 m diameter parachutes 1300 km downrange. Massed estimated based on tank volumes, total thrust, and first stage burnout conditions.


LEO Payload: 454,000 kg. to: 185 km Orbit. at: 0.0 degrees. Liftoff Thrust: 13,968,510 kgf. Total Mass: 12,018,800 kg. Core Diameter: 18.3 m. Total Length: 101.0 m.


Nova F, H and JNova F, H and J - Cutaway view of General Dynamics Nova F, H and J concepts.

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Nova  - GDNova - GD - Nova Concepts - General Dynamics

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Nova GD AdvancedNova GD Advanced - General Dynamics advanced Nova designs

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Nova Model F CutawayNova Model F Cutaway - Nova General Dynamics Model F Cutaway

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