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Nova-1 DAC



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Nova Douglas 1
Nova Douglas Aircraft Model 1
Credit: © Mark Wade
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Nova - Douglas
Nova Concepts - Douglas Aircraft
Credit: © Mark Wade
American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. Douglas/Bono design for Nova using Lox/RP-1 in first stage, existing engines.

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

Stage Data - Nova-1 DAC

  • Stage 1. 1 x Nova DAC-1. Gross Mass: 4,213,000 kg (9,288,000 lb). Empty Mass: 194,000 kg (427,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 97,840.000 kN (21,995,300 lbf). Isp: 299 sec. Burn time: 118 sec. Isp(sl): 260 sec. Diameter: 21.30 m (69.80 ft). Span: 21.30 m (69.80 ft). Length: 25.90 m (84.90 ft). Propellants: Lox/Kerosene. No Engines: 4. Engine: 5 mlbf RP-4. Status: Study 1963. Comments: Operational date would have been July 1977. Recoverable stage. 10% plug nozzle.
  • Stage 2. 1 x Nova DAC-2. Gross Mass: 2,268,000 kg (5,000,000 lb). Empty Mass: 143,000 kg (315,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 26,683.000 kN (5,998,577 lbf). Isp: 426 sec. Burn time: 327 sec. Diameter: 21.30 m (69.80 ft). Span: 21.30 m (69.80 ft). Length: 27.40 m (89.80 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 4. Engine: M-1. Status: Study 1963. Comments: Operational date would have been July 1977. Recoverable stage.

Status: Study 1963.
Gross mass: 7,026,400 kg (15,490,500 lb).
Payload: 454,500 kg (1,002,000 lb).
Height: 64.00 m (209.00 ft).
Diameter: 21.30 m (69.80 ft).
Thrust: 85,079.10 kN (19,126,543 lbf).
Apogee: 325 km (201 mi).

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
  • 5 mlbf RP-4 Notional Lox/Kerosene rocket engine. 24,459 kN. Study 1963. Operational date would have been July 1977. Recoverable stage. 10% plug nozzle. Isp=299s. Used on Nova-1 DAC launch vehicle. More...
  • M-1 Aerojet lox/lh2 rocket engine. 5335.9 kN. Study 1961. Isp=428s. Engine developed 1962-1966 for Uprated Saturn and Nova million-pound payload boosters to support manned Mars missions. Reached component test stage before cancellation. More...

See also
  • Nova Nova was NASA's ultimate launch vehicle, studied intently from 1959 to 1962. Originally conceived to allow a direct manned landing on the moon, in its final iteration it was to put a million-pound payload into low earth orbit to support manned Mars expeditions. It was abandoned in NASA advanced mission planning thereafter in favor of growth versions of the Saturn V. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Douglas American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Boeing Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach, CA, USA. More...

Associated Stages
  • Nova DAC-1 Lox/Kerosene propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 4,213,000/194,000 kg. Thrust 97,840.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 299 seconds. Operational date would have been July 1977. Recoverable stage. 10% plug nozzle. More...
  • Nova DAC-2 Lox/LH2 propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 2,268,000/143,000 kg. Thrust 26,683.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 426 seconds. Operational date would have been July 1977. Recoverable stage. More...

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