Nob Akimoto wrote:
In general having more "prefire chambers" scattered underneath the hull connected array segments is also partly an explanation why newer ships also seem to have array segments that are sub-divided along their hulls. So some of these arrays are actually parts of a larger array that's connected under the hull, but protected at the most vulnerable sections or emitter facets are removed to add some redundancy.
Yeah. I also think that already the ball turret phaser banks of 23rd century ships were linked together, so they can always have the energy where it's needed.
Same goes for arrays, but I think even then, a short array could not fire with the power of a longer array, it could only fire with its
maximum output forever (well, at least until it burns out ^^) with the power supply from the long array.