Hangar bays break my immersion a lot. You send out ships with a crew and in many cases they go poohf.
You may say, your crew is auto beamed out to your ship. It is a safety system, same as the rocket seat in military aircraft. No matter, how would it feel to be a fighter pilot? The standard combat experience is launch, beam out to your ship, launch, beam out etc. (BTW, I thought you cannot beam in and out when there is combat, when the ship is shielded)
So a normal person don't want to be a fighter pilot and I want to play arround with normal persons. They are not real, I know, but I see to much not so normal in the real world. As a compensation I want normal persons in the computer world.
So hangar bays items are common destructable, hence disposable. I have some ideas. Hangar bays should have unmanned drones that lay mines, place turrets, do poohf and make a plasma cloud, make shield bubbles, force field etc.
Think of the engineer kit but in space. We already have a lot of those stuff, but it is in consoles or projectiles. Would be nice if hangar bays could also be used for these features and not only for launching kamikazes.