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In Episode III, you see that Venator-class Star Destroyers can land, load troops and perform other logistical operations and in Episode II, you see the same with Acclamator-class cruisers.

Does this apply to the Imperial-class Star Destroyers too? They are bigger than both the Venator and Acclamator classes - is there any appearance of a landed Imperial-class Star Destroyer?

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Real question can you land a Super star destroyer. –  Himarm Aug 22 at 14:53
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With a length of 14 km would the curviture of the planet the star destroyer's landing on become an issue? –  queeg Aug 22 at 15:36
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@queeg That depends on the diameter of the planet. –  Xantec Aug 22 at 17:03
    
Without any canon sources to back me up, it's reasonable to suppose a SSD could gently lower itself through an earthlike planet's atmosphere using its repulsors and then nudge the ground with its ventral surface (so as not to damage the bridge superstructure). Turning off the repulsors & shields would mean the SSD might tip over and suffer some structural damage. –  RobertF Aug 22 at 17:11
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@Himarm: Oh yes. Executor landed on the Death Star pretty hard in ROTJ. –  James Sheridan Aug 23 at 5:38

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I don't have a source at hand to confirm, but Star Wars Incredible Cross Sections showed ANH-era ISDs having no landing gear. That isn't 100% conclusive since Naboo starfighters used repulsors for landing gear.

Somewhat orthogonally, the Lusankya (SSD of Isard from X-Wing series) flew UP from the surface of Coruscant - but it was built there, so that neither supports nor disproves the theory.

Conclusion: We don't have firm proof either way from canon, but the vague indication (lack of landing gear) points to "They can't land. Or rather, they can land but only once :)"

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When those things go down faster than they come up, that really affects the resale value, to paraphrase Zig Ziglar. –  Chris B. Behrens Aug 22 at 15:36
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It's also worth noting that the shipyards where Star Destroyers were built (Kuat Drive Yards, Fondor, and Corellia) are all orbital, so a Star Destroyer would probably spend its entire service life in space and have no need for landing gear. –  Null Aug 22 at 16:06
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The Lusankya needed the assistance of a great many repulsor sleds in order to reach orbit. It was not capable of lifting off on its own. –  BBlake Aug 22 at 17:53
    
@BBlake - true. Doesn't help with landing question though (where gravity works for you and not against you) –  DVK Aug 22 at 19:08
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If you've ever played KSP, you'd know that gravity always works against you. –  Thane Brimhall Aug 22 at 20:54

Victory class were the last to be able to enter the atmosphere(I think) and even they could not 'land'.

Corellian Corvettes can land, I believe, but anything bigger uses dropships. Even Nebulon-B frigates don't land.

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According to starwars wikia, Imperial-class SD can enter atmosphere: "Like most other Star Destroyer models, the Imperial-class was capable of entering atmospheres and supporting ground operations directly". I also remember seeing one in Kashyyyk when you play as Vader in Force Unleashed. –  Andrew P. Aug 25 at 8:10

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