I have some more thoughts on hull.
The battleship starts with 4x80 in health
Enemy Cruisers do 8 DPS, Fighter 5 DPS, and Drones 1 DPS
A Cruiser can take off one health bar every 10 seconds and a Fighter is 16 seconds
This does not include the additional damage from the enemy Battleship or damage from Critical effects.
2 Cruisers and a Fighter, which is what I encounter the majority of the time in the very first encounter, can take off one health bar in just under 4 seconds.
1 Cruiser and 1 Fighter can do the same in a little over 6 seconds.
I think this is very limiting on game progress as you often can't face two such encounters in a row due to the damage sustained in the first encounter.
Most of my games end on the very first encounter, sometimes even before I can refuel. I consider myself a fairly average player.
I'll continue to gather stats, but in the last 40 games played I encountered 2 Cruisers and 1 Fighter about 80% of the time on the very first encounter. Maybe I'm just having a string of bad luck.
During those 40 games I only learned one piece of new lore, about Special H.