MistWalker

31st Jan 2014

Star Trek (2009)

Question: Why do the phasers have recoil (kick-back) when fired?

MistWalker

Chosen answer: Phasers fire nadion particle bursts or bolts, which are fictional but are presumably similar to photons, and would therefore have mass and kinetic energy - so depending on the power output of the phaser, it should impart a not insignificant momentum change.

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