I never thought I would ask for it but yeah the game could do wih a death penalty. Maybe sone stat damage to systems / weaps / hull that needs returning to a starbase to repair.
While we're talking about it howabout giving the (very) underpowered MOBs a bit of a tweak. As it is right now I don't feel there's any real danger or risk to over extending myself and taking on way more MOBs than I can handle.
I am also bothered at the fact, ships systems and weapons still function even at 1% hull integrity. You are either 100% combat effeciant in game or dead. Nothing inbetween. That goes for you AND the enemies. What ever happened to crippling your enemy or surrender or knocking out specific systems? Now it is kill or be killed, ask questions later (or not).
Your systems, sheilds, and even crew magiclly regenerate with ZERO cost or effort on your part. Simply stay out of combat long enough and yoou are magically fixed! Hell, why even have an Engineer on board?