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There are several types of transfer orbits, which vary in their energy efficiency and speed of transfer. These include:
- Hohmann transfer orbit, an elliptical orbit used to transfer a spacecraft between two circular orbits of different altitudes in the same plane
- Bi-elliptic transfer, a slower method of transfer, but one that may be more efficient than a Hohmann transfer orbit
- Geostationary transfer orbit or geosynchronous transfer orbit is usually also a Hohmann transfer orbit
- Lunar transfer orbit is an orbit that touches Low Earth orbit and a lunar orbit.