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240 inch solid



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Nova NASA 4 Solids
Nova NASA 4 Solid Motors
Credit: © Mark Wade
Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 1,633,000/163,000 kg. Thrust 24,457.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 263 seconds. Notional 240 inch solid motor considered in cluster of 4 as alternative to Nova 8 F-1 stage. Led to 260 inch motor tested in late 1960's.

Status: Study 1960.
Gross mass: 1,633,000 kg (3,600,000 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 163,000 kg (359,000 lb).
Height: 34.10 m (111.80 ft).
Diameter: 6.10 m (20.00 ft).
Span: 6.10 m (20.00 ft).
Thrust: 24,457.00 kN (5,498,152 lbf).
Specific impulse: 263 s.
Specific impulse sea level: 238 s.
Burn time: 150 s.

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Associated Countries
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Nova 4S American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. NASA Nova design using a cluster of 4 x 240 inch solid motors used as first stage; upper stages as Nova 7S and 8L. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

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