I love the bridge interiors, and I would really love to spend more time there. Thing is, there is no real raosn to. Then it occurred to me.
Why cant we do exploration space inside our bridge? The sector space bit is almost irrelevant because location are random and tbh, its more of an irritance drifting about weaving in that soup.
We could, instead, be inside our bridge and get random messages from our BOffs, 'picking something up on sensors' etc. We get the basic info and then we switch in to the planet zone. I realise the interactivity among player ships might be tricky to implement, but apart form team play its mainly meaningless anyway in these regions.