Yeah, if I go afk, I either go into the outfitting area or save and exit. Did that shrapnel cause any damage to your ship? I slightly overheated last night...still at 100% hull but had a $30k repair bill. :\
I forgot to request docking clearance a few times in my python. I didn't have time to turn around, so I just went full reverse and hoped no one was behind me. If that were to happen in the space cow, I'd be so screwed.