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Nova GD-J
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Nova Model J Cutaway
Nova Model J Cutaway
Nova General Dynamics Model J Cutaway
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American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. General Dynamics Nova design using recoverable LOx/RP-1 stage of ballistic shape with 3 million kgf engines; separation at 3,420 m/s at 93,900 m altitude; splashdown using retrorockets under 7 parachutes 1340 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: 116,526.40 kN (26,196,177 lbf). Gross mass: 10,431,800 kg (22,998,100 lb). Height: 90.00 m (295.00 ft). Diameter: 42.40 m (139.10 ft). Apogee: 185 km (114 mi).

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

Stage Data - Nova GD-J

  • Stage 1. 1 x Nova GD-J-1. Gross Mass: 8,617,000 kg (18,997,000 lb). Empty Mass: 680,000 kg (1,490,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 124,044.000 kN (27,886,200 lbf). Isp: 330 sec. Burn time: 203 sec. Isp(sl): 310 sec. Diameter: 42.40 m (139.10 ft). Span: 20.10 m (65.90 ft). Length: 36.60 m (120.00 ft). Propellants: Lox/Kerosene. No Engines: 4. Engine: L-6.55. Status: Study General Dynamics 1963. Comments: Massed estimated based on tank volumes, total thrust, and first stage burnout conditions. Recoverable stage of ballistic shape; separation at 3,420 m/s at 93,900 m altitude; splashdown using retrorockets under 7 parachutes 1340 km downrange.
  • Stage 2. 1 x Nova GD-J-2. Gross Mass: 1,270,000 kg (2,790,000 lb). Empty Mass: 91,000 kg (200,000 lb). Thrust (vac): 13,346.000 kN (3,000,300 lbf). Isp: 428 sec. Burn time: 365 sec. Diameter: 19.50 m (63.90 ft). Span: 19.50 m (63.90 ft). Length: 38.00 m (124.00 ft). Propellants: Lox/LH2. No Engines: 2. Engine: M-1. Status: Study General Dynamics 1963. Comments: Massed estimated based on tank volumes, total thrust, and first stage burnout conditions.



Family: heavy-lift, orbital launch vehicle. Country: USA. Engines: L-6.55, M-1. Stages: Nova GD-J-1, Nova GD-J-2. 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 GD AdvancedNova GD Advanced
General Dynamics advanced Nova designs
Credit: Lockheed Martin


Nova  - GDNova - GD
Nova Concepts - General Dynamics
Credit: © Mark Wade


Nova Model JNova Model J
Nova General Dynamics Model J
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