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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

Status: Study 1963.
Gross mass: 2,271,000 kg (5,006,000 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 141,000 kg (310,000 lb).
Height: 52.80 m (173.20 ft).
Diameter: 7.10 m (23.20 ft).
Span: 7.10 m (23.20 ft).
Thrust: 46,208.00 kN (10,387,971 lbf).
Specific impulse: 265 s.
Specific impulse sea level: 238 s.
Burn time: 118 s.

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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...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Nova MM 14B 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 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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