This page contains an index for all the information I have on the Nova series of markers, developed by the companies AirStar, Section8 PB, and DarkStar. Nova information can be difficult to find, so these pages were created to use as reference for anyone.
Novas are one of my favorite classic markers due to their extremely unique design and operation. They use a bolt-less firing assembly that relies on a moving barrel to seal the marker's breech. The ball fires from a closed bolt position using a small poppet-based dump valve which also controls the barrel movement.
There were several versions of the Nova over the years, beginning with the Nova 700 (in the disassembly pictures), SuperNova (pictured above), and a later electronic version called the SuperNova ET. Later, after the marker was discontinued, a Nova clone called the Darkstar was released by a company called Section8 paintball which seems to have disappeared as soon as they appeared.
Timeline: (this info came from somebody called Tiny and was re-posted on Pete's Nova webpage, I expanded upon it).
1998.January - PneuSystems Inc creates a subsidiary company called AirStar.
1998.July - The Nova 700 was revealed at the Zap Amateur Open '98.
1999.March - First of two Nova recalls relating to machining issues with regulator internals.
2000.May - Second of two Nova recalls.
2000.July.31 - Pneu Systems Inc dissolves the AirStar subsidiary.
2000.September.13 - Pneu Systems makes the announcement about AirStar dissolution.
2000.December.1 - The company PaintGuns International (PGI) was formed, along with NeoPaintball out of Texas.
2001.February.1 - Splat Maxx creates the company Section8 Paintball Gear.
2001.March - Neopaintball begins selling Darkstar Novas, and starts production of the Mayhem.
2001.April - Mayhem released (under PGI).
2001.June - Section8 Paintball disappears.
The PGI Mayhem was retailed by distributors such as NPS, but the marker lost all value when the company disappeared. At this point the markers were sold at clearance prices (around $200 at trade shows, if memory serves me).