The Dragon V2 cannot perform a propulsive landing. But the Starship will be making propulsive landings. Why?

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    $\begingroup$ The heat shield on Dragon would have needed holes for the landing legs. Starship has its heat shield on the side. $\endgroup$
    – geoffc
    May 31, 2021 at 23:22
  • $\begingroup$ @geoffc Space shuttle had its landing gear on heat shield's side, therefore this does not seem like a technical reason. $\endgroup$
    – user19132
    Jun 1, 2021 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ Do you need landing legs for a water landing? $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2021 at 15:38
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    $\begingroup$ Pretty sure this is a multiple dupe, but: Starship is more than just a capsule, and further the total mass pretty much precludes parachutes (I believe). Dragonv2 is not intended to land on non-atmospheric places (moon, Mars) but Starship is. $\endgroup$ Jun 1, 2021 at 17:44


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