is there a method to speed up the process of interacting with other space craft
im currently in the tutoral attempting to transport the survivors from the uss montreal
Hitting the Button at the top of the Throttle Control will greatly increase your flying speed. That mode is called "Full Impulse". But it reallocates almost all power to you engines, and it's only usable outside of combat. So be careful about charging into combat from Full Impulse. Because you shields and weapons will be weak until the power back up. . You can also hit Shift-R to engine Full Impulse as well.