I was thinking, (And I'm not sure this belongs here or UI...) however, I was wondering if we could have two differt video setting sets, one for ground and one for space. Under certain the setting I use for ground render slowly in space. As a result whenever were in space, the settings we choose will load up.
I still do run into the occasional space map that does bog everything down until I switch to 1/2 resolution. This used to be a huge issue for me back in the beginning of STO. Now, I'd say it happens in about 1 in 30 random mission maps I do.
I think the issue with the ground might be that I run into a lot more players than I do in space. I like to have 4x A-A, Dynamic Lighting, Reflections, Bloom, and Visual FX all set to highest setting while in space, as it makes the ships look saweet!