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The mobile emitter came from a ship that was 6 meters in length and only had a single crewmember. Why would it have a holographic emitter on board?

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    From Memory Alpha: "Owned by Henry Starling in 1996, the emitter was either aboard the appropriated Aeon timeship, or derived from the 29th-century technology therein." Starling used holographic systems in his business, so it not outside the realm of possibility that he created his own emitter after reverse engineering the timeship's technology. – Remy Lebeau Dec 12 '17 at 5:52
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    It would make sense for even small ships to carry a mobile emitter and a suitable selection of software, for use in emergencies. – Harry Johnston Dec 12 '17 at 6:05
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    The time ship is from the future, it must be assumed to have at least technology in non-time fields equivalent to Federational Voyager. It probably has a replicator equivalent. The replicator produced the emitter from a stored pattern when needed. – Simon Bucher-Jones Dec 12 '17 at 12:32
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    Just a gut instinct here, but in a ship that small, a mobile holographic emitter probably makes a suitable substitute for a holodeck. Assuming it can be programmed to project holographic environments around the user instead of holographic people, which seems plausible to me. – Steve-O Dec 12 '17 at 14:28
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    In a ship that small, if the pilot is injured and you can find someplace to set down, doc-in-a-box would be very useful. – T.J.L. Dec 12 '17 at 16:18

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