Nothing wrong with that in itself. In fact, it might be a nice way of gating progression a little more smoothly.Cornflakes_91 wrote:what if the capability to land on planets was not a default state for ships?
make planetary landing capability a distinct piece of equipment.
You'd just have to make sure it's possible to accomplish the necessary amount of growth solely through interaction with space stations.
(Actually, it would be pretty slick to be able to pull up into a busy space station, see a ship you recognize, and have a conversation -- maybe even do some cargo trading -- with the ship's NPC owner.)