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# 6
12-30-2012, 08:49 AM
Not just landing gear but also conventional thrusters, since fusion thrusters can't be used in atmosphere. Most Federation designs have the ability to separate the saucer section from the star drive and use the saucer as an emergency landing craft. Design drawings for the Constitution class even included landing gear tucked away in the saucer section.
None of our shuttles rely on aerodynamics to generate lift, all have some kind of anti gravity field capability, probably some kind of subspace field generated by the warp drive that nullifies it's mass, so it likely depends on how much of the ships interior volume would be set aside for thruster fuel/reaction mass in a ships design that decides if it's capable of a recoverable landing.