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Nova Solid 6


Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 1,224,000/153,000 kg. Thrust 28,017.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 263 seconds. 5 used as first stage of solid Nova design. Masses estimated based on total vehicle thrust, performance, and stage volumes.

Status: Study 1960.
Gross mass: 1,224,000 kg (2,698,000 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 153,000 kg (337,000 lb).
Height: 45.70 m (149.90 ft).
Diameter: 5.20 m (17.00 ft).
Span: 5.20 m (17.00 ft).
Thrust: 28,017.00 kN (6,298,472 lbf).
Specific impulse: 263 s.
Specific impulse sea level: 238 s.
Burn time: 97 s.

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  • Nova 5S American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. NASA Nova design using segmented solid motors in first and second stages. Five six segment motors in first stage; four four segment motors in second stage, equivalent to 9 x F-1 first stage and 4 x F-1 second stage. 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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