I dunno what else would you automate? Seems like A->B takeoff, navigation, and docking would cover it. So long as it comes at a cost in time and loadout efficiency I don't see anything wrong with that.The problem is, of course, where do you sensibly stop with automation when considering the way things are going in reality it's hard to see anyone even being on a spaceship unless they're a passenger in over a thousand years' time. We'll all just be the humans in Wall-E. So you've got to draw an arbitrary line in the sand to give players stuff to do and pretend that we won't be the useless lumps of flesh that we'll really be.
I don't think the slope is as slippery as you're making it out to be. Or it's just a very shallow hill.