I may a relative beginner at orbital mechanics and related games, so keep that in mind with my feedback.
I was playing the third mission, Predatory Opportunism, and found that while I read all the tutorial and briefings, I struggled for a while to understand that I couldn't intercept the ship then deploy my drones (by the time they were out, I'd be flying past the target ship). After trying that a few times, I became frustrated because I clearly wasn't doing the right thing, but didn't know what I was missing.
Turns out I needed to match orbit behind the target ship, release the drones, then have the drones do some orbital maneuver to catch up to the target and intercept. This worked brilliantly.
Perhaps the game could notice when one is doing the wrong thing repeatedly (especially in early levels) and give some advice?