We implemented an auto-hover mechanic that’s bound to the spacebrake. If you hold spacebrake the ship will arrest any sliding and sit in a stable hover. While this is on you can freely rotate your gimbals to face down at surface targets. So you can turn on the brake, and then gimbal your mining laser to a rock and mine without any issue.
Good thinking, but now I’m wondering what circumstances break you out of auto-hover again?
You automatically go back into normal flight mode when above a certain speed sufficient to fly like a plane.