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Could a capsule designed for ocean splashdown still land successfully on land in an emergency? The speed of the capsule is slowed to ~15 MPH, which seemingly wouldn't destroy the capsule.

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  • $\begingroup$ It may damage the capsule but the astronauts should not be injured. It is not a matter of speed but of decceleration. Landing on rocks or concrete may be harder than on soft sand. $\endgroup$ – Uwe Aug 4 at 14:26
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    $\begingroup$ Depending on the speed of impact, there isn't much difference between hitting water and hitting concrete anyway. $\endgroup$ – Jörg W Mittag Aug 4 at 15:26
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I believe all capsules are rated for an emergency land landing, in case there is an issue near launch. If the winds were particularly unfavorable, it could result in a landing between the pad and the ocean, which would be bad. I know for a fact that Apollo was rated to allow such landings, and I believe Crew Dragon is as well.

Note that it is for something really unforeseen where this might happen. I don't think they would attempt a land landing unless absolutely essential.

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See, for example, Teslarati article w/ recent Musk conversations. The retros could certainly combine with the 'chutes to bring the capsule to a safe earth landing.

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