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Nova 9L
Part of Nova Family
Nova NASA 9 F-1
Nova NASA 9 F-1
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American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. NASA Nova design using clustered small diameter tanks; 9 x F-1 first stage and 4 x F-1 second stage; compared with solid Nova using five six segment solid motors in first stage and four four segment motors in second stage.

Status: Study 1960. Payload: 176,000 kg (388,000 lb). Thrust: 59,318.00 kN (13,335,216 lbf). Gross mass: 5,227,200 kg (11,524,000 lb). Height: 144.00 m (472.00 ft). Diameter: 15.20 m (49.80 ft). Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

LEO Payload: 176,000 kg (388,000 lb) to a 160 km orbit. Payload: 59,000 kg (130,000 lb) to a translunar trajectory.

Stage Data - Nova 9L

  • Stage 1. 1 x Nova 9L-1. Gross Mass: 2,721,000 kg (5,998,000 lb). Empty Mass: 181,000 kg (399,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 68,048.000 kN (15,297,798 lbf). Isp: 304 sec. Burn time: 110 sec. Isp(sl): 265 sec. Diameter: 15.20 m (49.80 ft). Span: 15.20 m (49.80 ft). Length: 42.70 m (140.00 ft). Propellants: Lox/Kerosene. No Engines: 9. Engine: F-1. Status: Study, NASA, 1960. Comments: Masses estimated based on total vehicle thrust, performance, and stage volumes.
  • Stage 2. 1 x Nova 9L-2. Gross Mass: 1,814,000 kg (3,999,000 lb). Empty Mass: 125,000 kg (275,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 30,243.000 kN (6,798,896 lbf). Isp: 304 sec. Burn time: 164 sec. Isp(sl): 265 sec. Diameter: 13.70 m (44.90 ft). Span: 13.70 m (44.90 ft). Length: 35.10 m (115.10 ft). Propellants: Lox/Kerosene. No Engines: 4. Engine: F-1. Status: Study, NASA, 1960. Comments: Masses estimated based on total vehicle thrust, performance, and stage volumes.
  • Stage 3. 1 x Nova 9L-3. Gross Mass: 363,000 kg (800,000 lb). Empty Mass: 36,000 kg (79,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 5,334.000 kN (1,199,130 lbf). Isp: 420 sec. Burn time: 250 sec. Diameter: 10.10 m (33.10 ft). Span: 10.10 m (33.10 ft). Length: 21.30 m (69.80 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 6. Engine: J-2. Status: Study, NASA, 1960. Comments: Masses estimated based on total vehicle thrust, performance, and stage volumes.
  • Stage 4. 1 x Nova 9L-4. Gross Mass: 118,000 kg (260,000 lb). Empty Mass: 14,000 kg (30,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 1,775.000 kN (399,035 lbf). Isp: 420 sec. Burn time: 235 sec. Diameter: 6.70 m (21.90 ft). Span: 6.70 m (21.90 ft). Length: 20.70 m (67.90 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 2. Engine: J-2. Status: Study, NASA, 1960. Comments: Masses estimated based on total vehicle thrust, performance, and stage volumes.



Family: heavy-lift, orbital launch vehicle. Country: USA. Engines: F-1, J-2. Stages: Nova 9L-1, Nova 9L-2, Nova 9L-3, Nova 9L-4. Agency: NASA.
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