OK, anyone who looks into how space travel works can see that space battles wouldn't take place as they are often portrayed in science fiction. In sci fi, they're depicted as 3D naval battles but space isn't an ocean. They will be fought at very long ranges (>1000s km) with space ships moving at many kilometers per second relative to one another. But this raises an interesting question: is there any place space battles as depicted in science fiction would take place. I would say the only place I could think of would be in a protoplanetary disk. It would be a zero G environment but there would be gas in it limiting how fast big space ships could travel relative to one another to a very slow speed because they're not moving fast relative to one another. The presence of the gas would limit the range of projectile and laser based weapons so combat wouldn't necessarily be beyond visual range. Also, (assuming space fighters are actually trans-atmospheric space planes) they could do all the crazy banks and swoops we see in sci fi movies and being aerodynamically designed, could move much faster relative to one another than the larger space ships.