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Ivan Bilic
2014-Jun-10, 11:36 AM
American heavy-lift orbital launch vehicle. Nova was NASA's ultimate launch vehicle, studied intently from 1959 to 1962. Originally conceived to allow a direct manned landing on the moon, in its final iteration it was to put a million-pound payload into low earth orbit to support manned Mars expeditions. It was abandoned in NASA advanced mission planning thereafter in favor of growth versions of the Saturn V.... Encyclopedia Astronautica (http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/nova.htm)

It is reffered as Nova rocket but it is actually Saturn C-8 rocket. Two different names were applied to one concept. It was developed by Wernher von Braun as his largest rocket. If built it would be largest rocket ever. It was supposed to have 8 F-1 engines in it's first stage, it would stand 138 meters tall, and lift 200t in low earth orbit. It was concieved and designed for both Moon and possible Mars mission. If applied to Mars mission, one option was to put a nuclear rocket engine at final stage.

Ivan Bilic
2014-Jun-10, 02:15 PM
one more link with picture - http://news.discovery.com/space/history-of-space/nasas-biggest-rocket-120624.htm

Daggerstab
2014-Jun-10, 02:33 PM
According to that same site, astronautix.com, these are two separate concepts. As the page you link to points out, Nova was a studied class of launch vehicles, with different designs proposed by different manufacturers. The Saturn C-8 was not among them and it has a separate page there:
http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/saturnc8.htm

Anyway, what's the point?

NEOWatcher
2014-Jun-10, 03:06 PM
According to that same site, astronautix.com, these are two separate concepts.
Yes and no.
C8 Was not part of the Nova concepts in the period stated by Ivan (59-62)
The next round was when they were looking beyond Apollo (Mars, etc)
There were two C8 machines. Nova C8 and Saturn C8

(Wiki: Nova (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_(rocket)))



Anyway, what's the point?
Ditto.

publiusr
2014-Jun-14, 04:50 PM
Here is some very nice model work on the concept
http://www.martins-models.co.uk/Sales/144/C-8/saturnc8.htm
http://www.aerospaceprojectsreview.com/blog/?p=804


one more link with picture - http://news.discovery.com/space/history-of-space/nasas-biggest-rocket-120624.htm

Amy Shira Teitel got in trouble recently...http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2394/1

Buttercup
2014-Jun-14, 05:55 PM
Blasphemy! ;)

The Saturn V is - and always shall be - the royalty of rockets.

docmordrid
2014-Jun-16, 10:47 AM
The mission yes. The S5, we'll see about that in a few years ;)

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