When it first launched, it had a bug in the game that everyone I knew had told me about in the college computer lab where we played it. I’m not sure if the version you played still had this bug. Basically when you first get setup with a base on Earth, you can go into the screen where you can buy more shuttle craft for your main ship, and sell your shuttle craft. And if you kept the button held down, it would keep selling shuttle craft until you got tired of having resources.
You can then buy back some shuttle craft because you’re now really rich and never have to go planet hunting for resources. You still need to go planet hunting for biological currency though.
So I really enjoyed that way to play the game, I never had to deal with resource collection except for biological things. So that aspect of the game was still there for me, but it wasn’t time consuming.