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Nova Model J
Nova Model J - Nova General Dynamics Model J

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

Nova design using recoverable Lox/RP-1 stage of ballistic shape with 3 million kgf engines; separation at 3,420 m/s at 93,900 m altitude; splashdown using retrorockets under 7 parachutes 1340 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: 11,882,390 kgf. Total Mass: 10,431,800 kg. Core Diameter: 42.4 m. Total Length: 90.0 m.


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 J CutawayNova Model J Cutaway - Nova General Dynamics Model J Cutaway

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

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