The combat viewer is nice and all, but it needs some improvement. Here's the simplest thing that could be done:
Make projectiles and missles go faster. Maybe not as fast as lasers, but combat just takes too long when it takes 10 seconds to kill off the enemy ships. I find I'm often pressing "done" rather than letting anything play out. If they took only one second to hit the target, that'd be great.
Once that's in, I'd like the system to more cleanly delineate rounds of combat. That is, ships don't fire on round 2 until all shots from round 1 are done.