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Nova (NNS)

Nova [US Navy]

The Nova satellites are improved Transit satellites, slightly improved operational versions of the TIP 2/3 design.

This series was improved by the addition of magnetic damping to the DISCOS and a stiffening to the boom assembly, reference clock, computer capacity, 6 m gravity boom, S/C mass was 166 kg. The NOVA satellites used the electric propulsion system (Pulsed plasma thrusters system) of the TIP series satellites to compensate for drag with thruster firings. The NOVA satellites had operational lifetimes of 8 to 9 years.

The satellites were used operationally in the Transit navigation system.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Navigation
Operator: US Navy
Contractors: RCA
Equipment: ?
Configuration: Transit-Bus, Gravity Stabilized
Propulsion: Pulsed plasma thrusters
Power: 4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 170 kg
Orbit: 1165 km × 1189 km, 90.07 (#1); 1155 km × 1199 km, 90.01 (#2); 1153 km × 1202 km, 90.05 (#3)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Nova 1 (NNS 30480) 1981-044A 15.05.1981 Va SLC-5 Scout-G1
Nova 2 (NNS 30490) 1988-052A 16.06.1988 Va SLC-5 Scout-G1
Nova 3 (NNS 30500) 1984-110A 12.10.1984 Va SLC-5 Scout-G1

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