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Old November 6 2008, 07:28 PM   #16
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Re: phasers - why only short bursts?

I think it was established that if it's necessary/doable, our heroes can and do initiate longer duration phaser bursts against their enemies.

In most situations, the targets they faced were quite mobile, and even with FTL weapons, it would be problematic to compensate for sudden changes in trajectory.

Against enemies such as the Borg though and races that are able to induce feedback pulses quickly through sustained beams ... it's also possible SF is using shorter bursts to prevent such a scenario.
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