Another useful tactic in space combat that can be used is the power setting. The power setting is usually in balanced mode by default. This means all systems have equal power. By adjusting it to any of the other settings you can turn the tide of battle by destroying ships faster,staying in a fight longer, or quickly turning your ship and repelling attacks. The attack power setting makes your energy type weapons more powerful and do far more damage than normally. By using the defense power setting you will increase shield regeneration and strength. The power setting of auxiliary will allow your ship to move faster and use repelling abilities better.
When using the power settings keep in mind that by changing the power setting from one to another will take energy from one system and give it to another.
Also when playing an escort ship it is useful to use the defense power setting while soloing, it will help the offset of the disadvantage of the escort.