|The launch flight plan is different for
Expendable and Reusable Launch Vehicles.
The flight plan will be comprised of clear stages seperated by motor "burns"
- boost phase
- parking orbit
- transfer orbit
- final orbit
The objective is usually to achieve target orbital position with the minimum fuel used, but
this takes the maximum time to achieve.
An operator can trade off fuel for speed. However, you cant refual a satellite in orbit
Reusable Launch Vehicle
Elliptical transfer orbit - "Hohmann Transfer Ellipse" - is minimum energy path
between two circular orbits.
Expendable Launch Vehicle