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Nova MM 14B



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Nova Martin
Nova Martin Marietta designs 1C and 14
Credit: Lockheed Martin
American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. Nova design using 4 280 inch solids as first stage, 4 M-1 in second stage. Operational date would have been February 1973

LEO Payload: 373,000 kg (822,000 lb) to a 185 km orbit.

Stage Data - Nova MM 14B

  • Stage 1. 4 x Nova MM 14B-1. Gross Mass: 2,271,000 kg (5,006,000 lb). Empty Mass: 141,000 kg (310,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 46,208.000 kN (10,387,971 lbf). Isp: 265 sec. Burn time: 118 sec. Isp(sl): 238 sec. Diameter: 7.10 m (23.20 ft). Span: 7.10 m (23.20 ft). Length: 52.80 m (173.20 ft). Propellants: Solid. No Engines: 1. Engine: 280 inch solid. Status: Study 1963. Comments: Operational date would have been February 1973.
  • Stage 2. 1 x Nova MM 14B-2. Gross Mass: 2,721,000 kg (5,998,000 lb). Empty Mass: 245,000 kg (540,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 26,683.000 kN (5,998,577 lbf). Isp: 428 sec. Burn time: 383 sec. Diameter: 18.30 m (60.00 ft). Span: 18.30 m (60.00 ft). Length: 50.50 m (165.60 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 4. Engine: M-1. Status: Study 1963. Comments: Operational date would have been February 1973.

Status: Study 1963.
Gross mass: 11,805,000 kg (26,025,000 lb).
Payload: 373,000 kg (822,000 lb).
Height: 124.00 m (406.00 ft).
Diameter: 18.30 m (60.00 ft).
Thrust: 166,003.41 kN (37,319,051 lbf).
Apogee: 185 km (114 mi).

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
  • 280 inch solid Notional solid rocket engine. 46,208 kN. Study 1963. Operational date would have been February 1973 Isp=265s. Used on Nova MM 14B launch vehicle. More...
  • M-1 Aerojet lox/lh2 rocket engine. 5335.9 kN. Study 1961. Isp=428s. Engine developed 1962-1966 for Uprated Saturn and Nova million-pound payload boosters to support manned Mars missions. Reached component test stage before cancellation. More...

See also
  • Nova Nova was NASA's ultimate launch vehicle, studied intently from 1959 to 1962. Originally conceived to allow a direct manned landing on the moon, in its final iteration it was to put a million-pound payload into low earth orbit to support manned Mars expeditions. It was abandoned in NASA advanced mission planning thereafter in favor of growth versions of the Saturn V. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Martin American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Martin Marietta Astronautics Group (1956), Denver, CO, USA. More...

Associated Stages
  • Nova MM 14B-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 2,271,000/141,000 kg. Thrust 46,208.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 265 seconds. Operational date would have been February 1973 More...
  • Nova MM 14B-2 Lox/LH2 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 2,721,000/245,000 kg. Thrust 26,683.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 428 seconds. Operational date would have been February 1973 More...

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