I've been debating whether or not I should use a ground-based spaceport for my sci-fi story or something much more cheaper as space elevator. Because my story involves large freighter spacecraft that carries tons of cargo and human passengers in cryo-stasis, it would be unrealistic for a ship like that to try and land on a celestial object. If it were to attempt to land on Earth, it would burn and break into pieces. So I thought of having a space elevator instead, but in the counterweight (where the opposite end is) of the elevator, I thought the space dock should be there. That's where the ships dock and unloads the cargo and gets passengers back to Earth. Would this be ideal or would be a ground-based spaceport be better. When we're talking big ships, I honestly believe a space elevator with a dock would be the best choice but I may be wrong.