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Nova 8L Mod
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Nova NASA 8 F-1
Nova NASA 8 F-1
Nova NASA 8 F-1 Modular
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American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. NASA Nova concept where first two stages use short Nova building blocks with 2 F-1's in each block. Four used in stage 1, one in stage 2. Typical of early Nova designs with F-1's in both first and second stages.

Status: Study 1960. Payload: 150,000 kg (330,000 lb). Thrust: 52,727.50 kN (11,853,614 lbf). Gross mass: 6,621,000 kg (14,596,000 lb). Height: 115.00 m (377.00 ft). Diameter: 10.10 m (33.10 ft). Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

LEO Payload: 150,000 kg (330,000 lb) to a 160 km orbit. Payload: 50,000 kg (110,000 lb) to a translunar trajectory.

Stage Data - Nova 8L Mod

  • Stage 1. 4 x Nova 2 F-1 Module. Gross Mass: 1,134,000 kg (2,500,000 lb). Empty Mass: 77,000 kg (169,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 15,121.000 kN (3,399,336 lbf). Isp: 304 sec. Burn time: 200 sec. Isp(sl): 265 sec. Diameter: 10.10 m (33.10 ft). Span: 10.10 m (33.10 ft). Length: 28.70 m (94.10 ft). Propellants: Lox/Kerosene. No Engines: 2. Engine: F-1. Status: Study, NASA, 1960. Comments: Short Nova building block. Four used in stage 1, one in stage 2.
  • Stage 2. 1 x Nova 2 F-1 Module. Gross Mass: 1,134,000 kg (2,500,000 lb). Empty Mass: 77,000 kg (169,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 15,121.000 kN (3,399,336 lbf). Isp: 304 sec. Burn time: 200 sec. Isp(sl): 265 sec. Diameter: 10.10 m (33.10 ft). Span: 10.10 m (33.10 ft). Length: 28.70 m (94.10 ft). Propellants: Lox/Kerosene. No Engines: 2. Engine: F-1. Status: Study, NASA, 1960. Comments: Short Nova building block. Four used in stage 1, one in stage 2.
  • Stage 3. 1 x Nova 4 J-2. Gross Mass: 771,000 kg (1,699,000 lb). Empty Mass: 63,000 kg (138,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 3,559.000 kN (800,095 lbf). Isp: 420 sec. Burn time: 800 sec. Diameter: 10.10 m (33.10 ft). Span: 10.10 m (33.10 ft). Length: 38.10 m (124.90 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 4. Engine: J-2. Status: Study, NASA, 1960. Comments: Nova third stage.



Family: heavy-lift, orbital launch vehicle. Country: USA. Engines: F-1, J-2. Stages: Nova 2 F-1 Module, Nova 4 J-2. Agency: NASA.
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