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Nova NASA 8 F-1
Nova NASA 8 F-1 -

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Family: Nova. Country: USA. Status: Study NASA June 1960.

Most capable Nova studied just prior to selection of Saturn for moon landing. Used a three stage configuration of eight F-1 engines in stage 1, two M-1 engines in stage 2, and one J-2 engine in stage 3. Similar to the Saturn C-8 except in the use of M-1 engines. Unlike other modular Nova designs of the time, this one had the unitary stage construction of Saturn.


Specifications

LEO Payload: 181,000 kg. to: 160 km Orbit. at: 0.0 degrees. Payload: 68,000 kg. to a: translunar trajectory. Liftoff Thrust: 5,504,850 kgf. Total Mass: 4,752,200 kg. Core Diameter: 17.4 m. Total Length: 128.0 m.


Nova 8L Chronology


1961 May 2 -
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1961 Aug 24 - Launch Site: Cape Canaveral .
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