This is another NOVA concept that would make an interesting model... it consists of a first stage consisting of a cluster of SIXTEEN! SRMs, 612 inches in diameter! The second stage consists of 4 SRMs in a 360 inch diameter cluster, topped by a third stage that is 360 inches in diameter powered by 6 "S-II" engines (presumably J-2) with a fourth stage that looks like a stretched 260 inch diameter S-IVB stage, powered by a pair of J-2 engines... what a COMPLETE MONSTER of an LV!!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
More info on large launch vehicle concepts, circa 1961
Saturn Studies Summary--Large Launch Vehicles System Oct.1961, provides a summary of an 800+ page report. Again, he has generated a summary description and has extracted many diagrams. I grabbed a single diagram showing another NOVA concept (which is actually not from the study, but what the heck..