I’ve suggested this before (a long time ago, but did not find the post anymore)
Now that open space is getting bigger and bigger the need for additional dockable stations is increasing.
if you see the map, openspace is divided in systems (a system contains 1 or more sectors)
pandora, pallas, felony, Solaris, …
if a system contains more than 2 sectors, please put a dockable station in side one of the sectors.
This will allow traveling through openspace less boring (fly to homebase takes a long time now), with system bases it will be only a few sectors away.
Restrict it to one ship only (can only switch ship in home base), or switching ships will take a waiting period (send other ship to system base)
New side missions per station (if you are in a danger sector, more bounty missions, kill aliens, kill pirates)
This will increase the population in far distant sectors (more fun, more coop play against aliens, pirates).
Hope you will like the idea