I was browsing around the character skills and it seems to me that certain skills aren't worth spending points on due to the fact that those roles will be filled by NPCs rather than the character themselves. Such skills are:
Repair: why spend points on repair when you can just get several repairman NPCs to do the work for you while you go about your business?
ALL the R&D skills: the draft rules state that r&d can be done similarly: by NPC's. No one is going to waste a whole month in an R&D station researching if their NPCs can do it just as effectively without them. So why spend points on the skills?
Am I understanding the rules correctly? Perhaps there should be some sort of bonus to the R&D/repair process if the character who starts the project has a high skill level.