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# 5
12-30-2012, 08:03 AM
The Long Range Science Vessel can also land. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the other science ships could land as well.

I bet it has to do with whether or not the particular ship class is built in planetary environments, or built in orbital dry docks. If its built in space then they might not bother fitting it with landing gear, or even care about designing its hull to withstand high gravity. If its built on a planet then obviously it needs to be able to take off without exploding.

Memory Alpha also lists a lot more shipyards than I expected. There is also a "Marin County Starfleet Yard" that is a surface shipyard on Earth.