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Nova 7S
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Nova NASA 7 Solid Motors
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American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. NASA Nova design using a cluster of 7 x 160 inch solid motors used as first stage; upper stages as Nova 4S and 8L.

Status: Study 1960. Payload: 197,300 kg (434,900 lb). Thrust: 87,342.40 kN (19,635,353 lbf). Gross mass: 7,492,760 kg (16,518,700 lb). Height: 123.00 m (403.00 ft). Diameter: 11.60 m (38.00 ft). Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

LEO Payload: 197,300 kg (434,900 lb) to a 160 km orbit. Payload: 75,300 kg (166,000 lb) to a translunar trajectory.

Stage Data - Nova 7S

  • Stage 1. 7 x 160 inch solid. Gross Mass: 907,000 kg (1,999,000 lb). Empty Mass: 91,000 kg (200,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 13,788.000 kN (3,099,665 lbf). Isp: 263 sec. Burn time: 150 sec. Isp(sl): 238 sec. Diameter: 4.10 m (13.40 ft). Span: 4.10 m (13.40 ft). Length: 36.60 m (120.00 ft). Propellants: Solid. No Engines: 1. Status: Study NASA, 1960. Comments: Notional 160 inch solid motor considered in cluster of 7 as alternative to Nova 8 F-1 stage. Led to 156 inch motors tested in late 1960's.
  • Stage 2. 1 x Nova 60-8-2. Gross Mass: 680,000 kg (1,490,000 lb). Empty Mass: 54,000 kg (119,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 10,669.000 kN (2,398,486 lbf). Isp: 428 sec. Burn time: 242 sec. Isp(sl): 310 sec. Diameter: 11.60 m (38.00 ft). Span: 11.60 m (38.00 ft). Length: 35.10 m (115.10 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 2. Engine: M-1. Status: Study 1960. Comments: Mass estimated based on total LV weight. J-2-powered version of this stage also proposed.
  • Stage 3. 1 x Nova 60-8-3. Gross Mass: 227,000 kg (500,000 lb). Empty Mass: 23,000 kg (50,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 892.000 kN (200,529 lbf). Isp: 425 sec. Burn time: 941 sec. Isp(sl): 306 sec. Diameter: 6.70 m (21.90 ft). Span: 6.70 m (21.90 ft). Length: 30.50 m (100.00 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 1. Engine: J-2. Status: Study 1960. Comments: Mass estimated based on total LV weight.



Family: heavy-lift, orbital launch vehicle. Country: USA. Engines: J-2, M-1. Stages: Nova 60-8-2, Nova 60-8-3, 160 inch solid. Agency: NASA.
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