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Nerva
Nerva
Credit: NASA
DoE nuclear/LH2 rocket engine. Early version of Nerva engine proposed for use in Saturn and RIFT configurations in 1961.

AKA: Nerva. Status: Study 1961. Thrust: 266.00 kN (59,799 lbf). Specific impulse: 800 s. Burn time: 1,500 s.



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Nerva 2 engine DoE nuclear/LH2 rocket engine. Developed 1950-74.

Nerva Alpha engine DoE nuclear/LH2 rocket engine. Study 1972. The final Nerva Alpha flight engine reference configuration as documented at the end of its development.

Nerva Gamma engine DoE nuclear/LH2 rocket engine. Study 1972. The final Nerva Gamma flight engine was an improved version of the Alpha, a small engine that could be launched together with its stage and a payload in a single space shuttle launch.

Nerva NTR DoE nuclear/LH2 rocket engine. Study 1991. Late 1980's update of 1960's Nerva design.

Family: nuclear-powered. Country: USA. Spacecraft: EMPIRE Aeronutronic, EMPIRE Lockheed, EMPIRE General Dynamics, IMIS 1968, PPM, Von Braun Mars Expedition - 1969. Launch Vehicles: Nova C, Nova D, Saturn C-3BN, Saturn C-5N, Saturn V-25(S)U. Propellants: Nuclear/LH2. Stages: Nova C-3, Nova D-3, Saturn S-N C-3BN, Saturn S-N C-5N, Saturn S-N V-25(S)U. Agency: AEC.
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