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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 130
# 21
01-19-2013, 09:44 AM
From the artist: "and the phasers into smaller strips for ease of replace and fire."

In-universe, it has been said that the *long* phaser arrays on the galaxy's saucer are capable of sustaining a beam longer and more powerful because of the *LINKED* emitters in the array and that the heat from firing it can be more evenly distribute among them.