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Yes But... This only works if your craft can generate enough thrust to reduce orbital velocity to zero quickly enough that acceleration due to gravity does not produce a crash landing, since you are effectively trying to reduce gravity losses to those that can be absorbed by the undercarriage. For earth's moon, taking aircraft vertical touchdown speed at 2 m/...


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If you ever looked at the photos of the surfaces of Earth's deserts, Mars' plains, Venus' Venera landing site, Jupiter's moons, or some of the recently visited asteroids, you will notice there are few if any areas smooth enough for such landings. Aircraft and spaceplane landing gear are not designed for more than minimal roughness in the landing site. This ...


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It can be done but only if you have a very long, very good runway and your wheel bearings are very, very good. You put your apoapsis low and then put your periapsis at the elevation of your runway. Note that you will need to immediately retrofire when you touch the runway or you'll just take off again. Brakes will not work at all until you have slowed ...


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