Saturn V Tidbit...
Did you know...
The maximum thrust of the
Saturn V was over 9 million

Most Saturn V enthusiasts know the first
stage produced a bit over 7.5 million
pounds of thrust at liftoff. However, as the
vehicle rose through the atmosphere and
air pressure dropped the engines became
more efficient and produced greater thrust
maxing out at about 9 million pounds just
as the center F-1 engine shut off prior to
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NASA's Vision for

Before there was even a concept for the Saturn V that would eventually fly in 1967, there was Nova. Originally conceived in 1958, Nova was considered the minimum vehicle that could take man to the moon sometime in the 1970's, if not sooner.

Here, a Nova, from a baseline design suggestion conceived in 1958 and being made public by Milt Rosen and F.C. Schwenk in a study presented in 1959, lifts off from Cape Canaveral. The Rosen/Schwenk baseline design, though never considered definitive but something to give people something to consider, has grown in popularity over the years and most scale modelers, when seeing drawings or illustrations such as the one at the left, immediately identify it as "Nova." This 1961 concept was envisioned to be operational by 1965 or 1966.

There were more concepts for NOVA than there were for the Saturn series. In fact, the Saturn C4 and C5 concepts very closely fit the definition of what Nova was described as.

The concept at left uses a cluster of  nine tanks for the first stage, four for the second, and two for the third. Making the various transitions would be an interesting and enjoyable challenge for a sport modeler or a Sport Scale modeler for the NAR's Concept Scale event (though you would need a bit more data support).
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