I have treated Space Combat how it was meant to be when designed, a mini-game. A little break from the real thing.
If you do that you will find it is very enjoyable.
Is it a flight sim? No. Nor should it be.
I think of it like a little arcade game on my ship.
Exactly a good point. I play all the space mission in about an hour. If I need a break I play some of my favorite ones again.