Continuing the discussion from I-Novae: Engine Screenshot Thread!:
Let’s continue this discussion here, the subject has strayed enough from the original screenshot for it
For sub-light ship drives, I would use vector control. It allows one to have de facto reactionless drives without breaking the entire universe. Also, it gives inertial dampeners.
This would also probably work with any decision for capital ships: airflow may interfere with it, or inversely it may be used to make it flow without airblasting the entire continent. Similarly with the hard surface itself.
Yeah, it would make no sense to have reaction drive.
If capital ships are not allowed to land, they can still be allowed to hit the ground (without spontaneously turning into a fireball) as in crash-land. As long as it doesn’t cut whatever keeps it in one piece despite the absurd forces it is the subject to when manoeuvring, it won’t crumple under its own weight. Which may mean that it can’t totally unpower like a smaller ship would (for example, to hide) and as such don’t even have landing gear.
And there may be no facility built for such ships to land: if it’s rare enough that they may need it, and if it’s way more expansive/impractical (both for the ship or the dock) than a space dock, no-one will build them - though they may be exceptions for whatever reasons.
It would be kind of similar to, say, submarines vs hovercraft: submartines can ‘bottom the boat’ at the ocean’s floor (though they can’t stop life support and such), and if done gently enough, they don’t damage it. But hovercrafts can land anywhere and simply sit there. And hovercrafts can (theoretically) dock at most ports, while submarines need special facilities.