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Nova MM S10E-2

Nova Model S10E-2
Nova Martin Marietta Model S10E-2
Credit: © Mark Wade
American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. Expendable single stage to orbit Nova using conical shape, 30 CD module engines in zero-length plug nozzle. Operational date would have been November 1977.

LEO Payload: 581,000 kg (1,280,000 lb) to a 185 km orbit.

Stage Data - Nova MM S10E-2

  • Stage 1. 1 x Nova MM S10E-2. Gross Mass: 10,302,000 kg (22,712,000 lb). Empty Mass: 639,000 kg (1,408,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 160,672.000 kN (36,120,502 lbf). Isp: 454 sec. Burn time: 263 sec. Isp(sl): 377 sec. Diameter: 21.30 m (69.80 ft). Span: 36.70 m (120.40 ft). Length: 54.80 m (179.70 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 30. Engine: CD Module. Status: Study 1963. Comments: Operational date would have been November 1977. SSTO; expendable; payload 1,283,000 lbs.

Status: Study 1963.
Gross mass: 10,999,200 kg (24,249,000 lb).
Payload: 581,000 kg (1,280,000 lb).
Height: 66.00 m (216.00 ft).
Diameter: 21.30 m (69.80 ft).
Thrust: 133,421.60 kN (29,994,369 lbf).
Apogee: 185 km (114 mi).

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
  • CD Module Notional lox/lh2 rocket engine. 7361 kN. Study 1969. Isp=420s. CD Modules - conceptual engines of various thrusts, according to design - were clustered in Martin Marietta Nova designs 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 S10E-2 Lox/LH2 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 10,302,000/639,000 kg. Thrust 160,672.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 454 seconds. Operational date would have been November 1977. SSTO; expendable; payload 1,283,000 lbs. More...

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