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Re: Elliptical/GTO and Eagle



>Can anyone on this bulletin board name a single GTO launch where the
>PERIGEE was high enough to become the permanent orbit?  It is a waste
>of fuel for any launcher to do anything but get apogee to the right
>place with enough perigee height that the spacecraft attitude control
>works long enough to burn to a higher perigee and/or to circularize
>the orbit.

It's not just for reasons of fuel economy that GTO launchers usually
don't go directly into long-lived orbits. It also helps minimize
orbital junk, much of which consists of spent upper stages, some of
which explode and make things even worse.

Phil
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