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Nova DAC ISI
Part of Bono Family
American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. Douglas/Bono design for Nova using LH2/LOx in both stages. Improved Specific Impulse chemical stage uses many engines feeding into single large nozzle.

Status: Study 1963. Payload: 454,500 kg (1,002,000 lb). Thrust: 64,134.40 kN (14,417,987 lbf). Gross mass: 5,325,400 kg (11,740,400 lb). Height: 73.00 m (239.00 ft). Diameter: 21.30 m (69.80 ft). Apogee: 325 km (201 mi).

LEO Payload: 454,500 kg (1,002,000 lb) to a 325 km orbit.

Stage Data - Nova DAC ISI

  • Stage 1. 1 x Nova DAC ISI-1. Gross Mass: 3,084,000 kg (6,799,000 lb). Empty Mass: 142,000 kg (313,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 70,146.000 kN (15,769,448 lbf). Isp: 350 sec. Burn time: 141 sec. Isp(sl): 320 sec. Diameter: 21.30 m (69.80 ft). Span: 28.00 m (91.00 ft). Length: 30.50 m (100.00 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 14. Engine: Chamber/single nozzle. Status: Study 1963. Comments: Operational date would have been July 1977. Recoverable stage. 10% plug nozzle.
  • Stage 2. 1 x Nova DAC ISI-2. Gross Mass: 1,696,000 kg (3,739,000 lb). Empty Mass: 107,000 kg (235,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 33,754.000 kN (7,588,201 lbf). Isp: 455 sec. Burn time: 206 sec. Diameter: 21.30 m (69.80 ft). Span: 21.30 m (69.80 ft). Length: 30.50 m (100.00 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 8. Engine: Chamber/single nozzle. Status: Study 1963. Comments: Operational date would have been July 1977. Recoverable stage.



Family: heavy-lift, orbital launch vehicle. Country: USA. Engines: Chamber/single nozzle. Stages: Nova DAC ISI-1, Nova DAC ISI-2. Agency: Douglas.

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