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160 inch solid



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Nova NASA 7 Solid Mo
Nova NASA 7 Solid Motors
Credit: © Mark Wade
Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 907,000/91,000 kg. Thrust 13,788.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 263 seconds. 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.

Status: Study 1960.
Gross mass: 907,000 kg (1,999,000 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 91,000 kg (200,000 lb).
Height: 36.60 m (120.00 ft).
Diameter: 4.10 m (13.40 ft).
Span: 4.10 m (13.40 ft).
Thrust: 13,788.00 kN (3,099,665 lbf).
Specific impulse: 263 s.
Specific impulse sea level: 238 s.
Burn time: 150 s.

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Associated Countries
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Nova 7S 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. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

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