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Nova GD-H
Part of Nova Family
Nova Model H Cutaway
Nova Model H Cutaway
Nova General Dynamics Model H Cutaway
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American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. General Dynamics Nova design using 1 1/2 stage arrangement and new 2.4 million kgf LOx/LH2 engines. Recoverable booster 4 engine package would separate at 2,980 m/s at 87,800 m altitude; splashdown under 4 46 m diameter parachutes 1,000 km downrange. Massed estimated based on tank volumes, total thrust, and first stage burnout conditions.

Status: Study 1963. Payload: 454,000 kg (1,000,000 lb). Thrust: 115,618.00 kN (25,991,960 lbf). Gross mass: 9,365,800 kg (20,648,000 lb). Height: 89.00 m (291.00 ft). Diameter: 25.90 m (84.90 ft). Apogee: 185 km (114 mi).

LEO Payload: 454,000 kg (1,000,000 lb) to a 185 km orbit.

Stage Data - Nova GD-H

  • Stage 0. 1 x Nova GD-H-0. Gross Mass: 295,000 kg (650,000 lb). Empty Mass: 295,000 kg (650,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 109,402.000 kN (24,594,547 lbf). Isp: 410 sec. Burn time: 190 sec. Isp(sl): 350 sec. Diameter: 25.90 m (84.90 ft). Span: 33.20 m (108.90 ft). Length: 21.20 m (69.50 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 4. Engine: L-5.25H. Status: Study General Dynamics 1963. Massed estimated based on tank volumes, total thrust, and first stage burnout conditions. Recoverable booster engine package 'half stage' of a 1 1/2 stage arrangement. Separation at 2,980 m/s at 87,800 m altitude; splashdown under 4 46 m diameter parachutes 1,000 km downrange.
  • Stage 1. 1 x Nova GD-H-1. Gross Mass: 8,526,000 kg (18,796,000 lb). Empty Mass: 172,000 kg (379,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 30,685.000 kN (6,898,262 lbf). Isp: 428 sec. Burn time: 500 sec. Isp(sl): 310 sec. Diameter: 25.90 m (84.90 ft). Span: 25.90 m (84.90 ft). Length: 73.80 m (242.10 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 1. Engine: L-5.00H. Status: Study General Dynamics 1963.



Family: heavy-lift, orbital launch vehicle. Country: USA. Engines: L-5.00H, L-5.25H. Stages: Nova GD-H-0, Nova GD-H-1. Agency: Convair.
Photo Gallery

Nova F, H and JNova F, H and J
Cutaway view of General Dynamics Nova F, H and J concepts.
Credit: Lockheed Martin


Nova  - GDNova - GD
Nova Concepts - General Dynamics
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Nova GD AdvancedNova GD Advanced
General Dynamics advanced Nova designs
Credit: Lockheed Martin


Nova Model HNova Model H
Nova General Dynamics Model H
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