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Can a Star Destroyer land

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Or can a Star Destroyer land on a planet surface?

I don't consider this a landing unless they walked away...

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I know in Stars Wars Ep. II we see a Venator-class Star Destroyer being loaded with troops as it's sitting or landed on Coruscant. But we never see another ISD of any kind landed. Also, are Star Destroyers built in space or planet side. How do they get those AT-AT's and AT-ST's on the ground to preform ground assaults?

 

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I also suspect that that ISD didn't 'land' per se ;)

 

I don't know if they can land. What I DO know is that they are all built in orbit around Kuat. The Kuat Drive Yards are a *massive* orbital ring that employs hundreds of millions (possibly billions). Pretty much the whole planet is devoted to it's ship building industry. It is one of the most zealously defended places in the galaxy.

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I also suspect that that ISD didn't 'land' per se ;)

 

I don't know if they can land. What I DO know is that they are all built in orbit around Kuat. The Kuat Drive Yards are a *massive* orbital ring that employs hundreds of millions (possibly billions). Pretty much the whole planet is devoted to it's ship building industry. It is one of the most zealously defended places in the galaxy.

The Empire striving to keep the economy strong and provide jobs. What have those Rebels done besides try to destabilize all the growth and forward momentum.

 

I didn't really see a good reason or point a star destroyer would ever want to land as it's a massive battle platform. It's strength comes from being in space not sitting on the ground.  

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I also suspect that that ISD didn't 'land' per se ;)

 

I don't know if they can land. What I DO know is that they are all built in orbit around Kuat. The Kuat Drive Yards are a *massive* orbital ring that employs hundreds of millions (possibly billions). Pretty much the whole planet is devoted to it's ship building industry. It is one of the most zealously defended places in the galaxy.

The Empire striving to keep the economy strong and provide jobs. What have those Rebels done besides try to destabilize all the growth and forward momentum.

 

I didn't really see a good reason or point a star destroyer would ever want to land as it's a massive battle platform. It's strength comes from being in space not sitting on the ground.

Now, for no reason in your post, I have images of Star Destroyers pulling an Enterprise and splitting down the middlento land on fully flat surfaces...

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Landing, no problem, hiding one is the tricky part. 

 

"Following its construction, the ship was buried beneath the surface of Coruscant as an emergency evacuation craft for the Emperor, where it served as Ysanne Isard's private prison after his death, and later as her command ship during the Bacta War."

 

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lusankya

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CORRECTION: we don't see venator class star destroyers being loaded with troops in episode II, those were ACCLAMATOR CLASS ASSAULT SHIPS. Even in the clone wars series, they never land venators, they had to use LAAT/i gunships to drop infantry, and LAAT/v for vehicles. The Acclamator ships were how the republic got large amounts of troops and vehicles on the ground at once. Consular class cruisers could also be able to drop drops.

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Landing, no problem, hiding one is the tricky part. 

 

"Following its construction, the ship was buried beneath the surface of Coruscant as an emergency evacuation craft for the Emperor, where it served as Ysanne Isard's private prison after his death, and later as her command ship during the Bacta War."

 

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Lusankya

 

The Lusankya also required a truly massive cradle made up of auxilliary repulsorlift platforms to lift that beast up into space. it didn't do it under it's own power. :3

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I believe that, in the old canon/EU/Legends, most Star Destroyers smaller than an Imperial-class Star Destroyer were capable of landing on a planet's surface. To include the Victory-class Star Destroyer - which was, IIRC, one of the primary reasons the Victory was kept in circulation, even though they were rendered obsolescent by the Imperial-class. 

Why would you want such a massive vessel to be able to land? To rapidly and efficiently embark and debark troops, supplies, refugees... anything that you might want to move quickly from one point to another: A Star Destroyer can only carry so many shuttles, transports, and the like, which can only carry so many people and supplies, effectively bottlenecking the ability of the Star Destroyer to deploy and recover troops, supplies, &c. Such shuttles, freighters, and transports can easily be destroyed by random flights of rebel (and other enemy) craft or ground fire, which the Star Destroyer will need to sacrifice its ability to carry additional cargo and transports by carrying additional fighters and bombers to escort the transports and suppress ground fire, which in turn makes the bottleneck tighter - making the transports more secure then puts your troops on the ground at risk of being rendered combat ineffective, destroyed, or overrun faster than you can evacuate them or land reinforcements and materiél. 

The solution, then, is to land the Star Destroyer and directly embark or debark cargo as needed. The Star Destroyer is too large to be vulnerable to handfuls of enemy craft and any but the largest and most powerful ground-based weapons (a MANPADS-type weapon might be able to disable or destroy a light transport or shuttle, but would only scuff the paint on a Star Destroyer), transports and shuttles can be traded for additional fighters and bombers, to say nothing of the psychological advantages of having a kilometer-long shard of duralloy and ferroceramic bristling with dozens of weapons capable of providing a fairly severe amount of direct fire-support, carrying dozens of fighters and bombers, and deploying countless Stormtroopers and ground combat vehicles. 

The Star Destroyer is not, afterall, just a battleship. It is a one-vessel carrier group: Serving as aircraft carrier, battleship, frigate, destroyer, and amphibious assault ship (and for the smaller SDs, as a landing craft itself). All while acting as an enormous, intimidating reminder of the Empire's might. With the exception of Vader's Death Squadron, most SDs are seen operating individually or in small squadrons of two or three vessels. And outside of that particular task force - whose mission was to hunt down and destroy the largest concentrations of rebel combat power - one to three Star Destroyers should be more than up to the task of suppressing independent rebel cells, criminal enterprises, and the dozens of other missions the Imperial Navy is called upon to engage in on a daily basis that doesn't involve hunting down the rogue Senators and treacherous Jedi that comprise the rebellion's leadership. 

(Sorry for the wall of text.)

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