First I want to say how much I love DN and what an amazing game it is.
I used to love to play the Homeworld series and I always wished I could get into a capital ship and take the wheel myself instead of only issueing commands.
I would like to suggest or question if any other options were considered for the command menu (And possibly for the energy menu as well). Now we hold down the touch pad and move our finger around to choose the option we want. While not so bad, I personally struggle to get the right command off a significant percentage of the time.
Other options might be:
Click R3 or L3 (command/enegry), Fast double click of R1 or L1 then joy sitck to choose, R1+L1 together, Use Down on dpad to bring up the wheel then joy stick to choose.
I also think the Dpad could be used for selecting energy mode. For example up, Left, Right for the different energy options, then down to bring up the command wheel
The reason I think these could work is that once you know the lcoations on the wheel of the respective commands, it is very fast and accurate to use the joy sticks to choose rather than move your fingers around on the touch pad, which can feel a bit clumsy and difficult.
Maybe others have already thought and tried this before, but I though I would offer my suggestions anyway